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Race and Masculinity in Southern Memory: History of Richmond, Virginia's Monument Avenue, 1948-1996
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Race and Masculinity in Southern Memory: History of Richmond, Virginia's Monument Avenue, 1948-1996 (Hardback)

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In Race and Masculinity in Southern Memory Matthew Mace Barbee explores the long history of Richmond, Virginia's iconic Monument Avenue. As a network of important memorials to Confederate leaders located in the former capitol of the Confederacy, Monument Avenue has long been central to the formation of public memory in Virginia and the U.S. South. It has also been a site of multiple controversies over what, who, and how Richmond's past should be commemorated. This book traces the evolution of Monument Avenue by analyzing public discussions of its memorials and their meaning. It pays close attention to the origins of Monument Avenue and the first statues erected there, including memorials to Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis. Barbee provides a detailed and focused analysis of the evolution of Monument Avenue and public memory in Richmond from 1948 to 1996 through the Civil Rights Movement and the Civil War Centennial, and up to the memorial to Arthur Ashe erected in 1996. An African-American native of Richmond, Ashe was an international tennis champion and advocate for human rights.

The story of how a monument to him ended up in a space previously reserved for statues of Confederate leaders helps us understand the ways Richmond has grappled with its past, especially the histories of slavery, Jim Crow, and Civil Rights.

History & PoliticsHistory: Chronological20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500History & PoliticsRegional & national historyHistory of the Americas Publisher: Lexington Books Publication Date: 05/12/2013 ISBN-13: 9780739187715  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Matthew Mace Barbee is chair of the English Department at Siena Heights University where he teaches courses on U.S., African-American, and multi-ethnic literatures.

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