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288 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 12 illus. , notes, index

Slavery and Public History

The Tough Stuff of American Memory

America's slave past is being analyzed as never before, yet it remains one of the most contentious issues in U.S. memory. In recent years, the culture wars over the way that slavery is remembered and taught have reached a new crescendo. From the argument about the display of the Confederate flag over the state house in Columbia, South Carolina, to the dispute over Thomas Jefferson's relationship with his slave Sally Hemings and the ongoing debates about reparations, the questions grow ever more urgent and more difficult.

Edited by noted historians James Oliver Horton and Lois E. Horton, this collection explores current controversies and offers a bracing analysis of how people remember their past and how the lessons they draw influence American politics and culture today. Bringing together some of the nation's most respected historians, including Ira Berlin, David W. Blight, and Gary B. Nash, this is a major contribution to the unsettling but crucial debate about the significance of slavery and its meaning for racial reconciliation.


Ira Berlin, University of Maryland

David W. Blight, Yale University

James Oliver Horton, George Washington University

Lois E. Horton, George Mason University

Bruce Levine, University of Illinois

Edward T. Linenthal, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Joanne Melish, University of Kentucky

Gary B. Nash, University of California, Los Angeles

Dwight T. Pitcaithley, New Mexico State University

Marie Tyler-McGraw, Washington, D.C.

John Michael Vlach, George Washington University

About the Author

James Oliver Horton is the Benjamin Banneker Professor Emeritus of American Studies and History at George Washington University. Lois E. Horton is professor of history emerita at George Mason University.

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