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Dell Upton
University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
African American History Monuments and Contemporary Southern Politics

This project examines black-history monuments erected in the American South during the past 30 years. These monuments can be sorted into three phases: memorials to civil-rights leaders, monuments to the 1950s-1960s civil-rights movement itself, and commemorations of black history generally. I will examine the problems of representing a democratic and non-violent history using monumental conventions that typically emphasize leaders and dramatic events. Equally important, I will take into account the political processes that bring these monuments into being, askinghow the interpretation and representation of African-American history has served and been shaped by "urban regimes" devoted to economic development and urban revitalization.

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Project fields:
Arts, General

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

$40,000 (approved)
$24,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2006 – 8/31/2006