Sustaining Identity, Recapturing Heritage Exploring Issues of Public History, Tourism, and Race in a Southern Rural Town

Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2007-12-05
Publisher(s): Lexington Books
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This book explores the complex web of public history, tourism, and race in Luray, VA, a small town in the Shenandoah Valley ensconced in Lost Cause heritage. By utilizing a diverse range of methodologies, including ethnography, this book demonstrates how contested race relations are in this area, and how racial exclusion interacts with the politics of public history.

Author Biography

Ann Denkler is assistant professor of history at Shenandoah University.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Creating the Past in Lurayp. 11
"...But Slavery Cured Us of That Weakness": The Search for the "Private" Public History of African Americans in Lurayp. 35
Subverting Heritage and Memory: Luray's "Ol' Slave Auction Blockp. 57
Tourism and Battles for Cultural Identityp. 79
Recapturing Identity: The "Life on the Mountain" Exhibition at Shenandoah National Parkp. 99
Epilogue-Interpreting for the Futurep. 113
Bibliographyp. 119
Indexp. 129
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