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Monuments to absence : Cherokee removal and the contest over Southern memory / Andrew Denson.

Author/creator Denson, Andrew author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2017]
Descriptionxii, 289 pages ; 25 cm
Contents Removal and the Cherokee Nation -- The tourists, basking in Cherokee history in southern Appalachia -- The centennial, Chattanooga marks the one-hundredth anniversary of the Trail of Tears -- The capital, remembering Cherokee removal in civil rights-era Georgia -- The drama, performing Cherokee removal in the termination era -- The remembered community, public memory and the reemergence of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma -- The national trail.
Abstract "In the 1830s, the United States forced the majority of Cherokees to leave their southeastern homeland for new territory in the West, an ordeal that caused the deaths of several thousand Cherokee people. This so-called Trail of Tears became the most famous event in the Indian history of the American South, an episode taken to exemplify a broader experience of injustice suffered by Native peoples. In this book, Andrew Denson explores the public memory of Cherokee removal through an examination of memorials, historic sites, and tourist attractions dating from the early twentieth century to the present. White southerners, Denson argues, embraced the Trail of Tears as a story of Indian disappearance. Commemorating Cherokee removal affirmed white possession of southern places, while granting them the moral satisfaction of acknowledging past wrongs. During segregation and the struggle over black civil rights, removal memorials reinforced whites' authority to define the South's past and present. Cherokees, however, proved capable of repossessing the removal memory, using it for their own purposes during a time of crucial transformation in tribal politics and U.S. Indian policy. In considering these representations of removal, Denson brings commemoration of the Indian past into the broader discussion of race and memory in the South." -- From publisher's description.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 230-276) and index.
LCCN 2016021186
ISBN9781469630823 hardcover alkaline paper
ISBN1469630826 hardcover alkaline paper
ISBN9781469630830 paperback alkaline paper
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ISBNelectronic book

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