By Stephanie E. Yuhl
Eager to claim the nationwide worth in their neighborhood cultural traditions and to situate Charleston as a bulwark opposed to the chaos of contemporary the USA, those descendants of old-line households downplayed accomplice institutions and emphasised the city's colonial and early nationwide prominence. They created a colourful community of person artists, literary figures, and organizations--such because the all-white Society for the protection of Negro Spirituals--that nurtured architectural renovation, paintings, literature, and tourism whereas appropriating African American folks tradition. within the method, they translated their selective and idiosyncratic own, familial, and sophistication thoughts right into a collective identification for the town.
The Charleston this team outfitted, Yuhl argues, offered a sanitized but hugely marketable model of the yank previous. Their efforts invited cognizance and compliment from outsiders whereas maintaining social hierarchies and retaining the political and monetary energy of whites. during the instance of this colourful southern urban, Yuhl posits a bigger critique in regards to the use of historical past and demonstrates how anything as intangible because the recalled prior could be reworked into actual political, monetary, and social power.
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A Golden Haze of Memory: The Making of Historic Charleston by Stephanie E. Yuhl