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Richard H. King, 'New Departures in the Historiography of Race and Civil Rights in the US'

part of: Prejudice Past, Present and Future
December 14, 2017, 10:30am BST - 11:30am
Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide

29 Russell Square, Bloomsbury
London WC1B 5DP
United Kingdom

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New scholarship in the area of race and civil rights shows no signs of abating. For several decades, much of the work has focused on the history of the “Long Civil Rights Movement.” This focus extended the boundaries of the field backward from 1954(Brown v. Board of Education) and forward from the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968. In addition, the primary focus shifted from the South to the North/ rest of the United States and from the classical Movement identified with Martin Luther King and SNCC to Black Power/Consciousness efforts in the rest of the country, even into, for instance, the Black Atlantic. For this presentation, I want to focus on recent work such as David Chappell’s Waking from the Dream, along with works dealing with the history of race in America(Ibram X. Kendi and Nicholas Guyatt), the influence of America’s racialized institutions on Nazi Germany(James Whitman), and the racial/racist dimension in the formulation of American imperialism as found in the field of International Relations in the twentieth century(Robert Vitalis). Another kind of source has more recently emerged as a rich way to explore the African American present and past—the feature film and documentary. Included here are dramas such as “Moonlight” and “Fences,” docu-dramas such as “Loving,” “Hidden Figures,” and “Selma,” and documentaries such as “I am not Your Negro.”

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