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What Can and Can'T Be Said – Race, Uplift, and Monument Building in the Contemporary South - Yale Scholarship Online
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What Can and Can'T Be Said: Race, Uplift, and Monument Building in the Contemporary South

Dell Upton


A study of monuments to the civil rights movement and African American history that have been erected in the U.S. South over the past three decades, this work explores how commemorative structures have been used to assert the presence of African Americans in contemporary Southern society. The book argues that these public memorials, ranging from the famous to the obscure, have emerged from, and speak directly to, the region's complex racial politics since monument builders have had to contend with widely varied interpretations of the African American past as well as a continuing presence of wh ... More

Keywords: civil rights movement, African American history, commemorative structures, African Americans, South, racial politics, white supremacy, memorials, monuments

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300211757
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300211757.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dell Upton, author