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By Robin Autry

ISBN-10: 0231177585

ISBN-13: 9780231177580

At the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa, viewers confront the previous upon arrival. they have to come to a decision even if to go into the museum via a door marked “whites” or one other marked “non-whites.” within, in addition to textual content, they come across placing nooses and different reminders of apartheid-era atrocities. within the usa, museum exhibitions approximately racial violence and segregation are regularly restricted to black historical past museums, with nationwide historical past museums sidelining such tough fabric. Even the Smithsonian’s nationwide Museum of African American heritage and tradition is devoted to not violent histories of racial domination yet to a extra generalized narrative approximately black identification and tradition. the size at which violent racial pasts were included into South African nationwide ancient narratives is missing within the U.S. Desegregating the Past considers why this is often the case, monitoring the construction and reveal of ancient representations of racial pasts at museums in either nations and what it unearths approximately underlying social anxieties, unsettled feelings, and aspirations surrounding modern social fault strains round race.

Robyn Autry consults museum documents, conducts interviews with employees, and recounts the private and non-private battles fought over the production and content material of heritage museums. regardless of substantial changes within the improvement of South African and U.S. society, Autry reveals a typical set of ideological, political, financial, and institutional dilemmas coming up out of the selective reconstruction of the prior. Museums have performed a huge position in shaping public reminiscence, now and then spotting and at different instances blurring the continued impression of old crimes. The narratives museums produce to have interaction with tricky, violent histories reveal current anxieties pertaining to identification, (mis)recognition, and ongoing conflict.

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