By Stephanie E. Yuhl
Eager to claim the nationwide worth in their local cultural traditions and to situate Charleston as a bulwark opposed to the chaos of recent the US, 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 renovation of Negro Spirituals--that nurtured architectural renovation, paintings, literature, and tourism whereas appropriating African American people tradition. within the procedure, they translated their selective and idiosyncratic own, familial, and sophistication stories right into a collective identification for town.
The Charleston this team outfitted, Yuhl argues, awarded a sanitized but hugely marketable model of the yankee prior. Their efforts invited consciousness and compliment from outsiders whereas conserving social hierarchies and protecting the political and monetary energy of whites. in the course of the instance of this colourful southern urban, Yuhl posits a bigger critique concerning the use of background and demonstrates how anything as intangible because the recalled prior may be reworked into genuine political, monetary, and social power.
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A Golden Haze of Memory: The Making of Historic Charleston by Stephanie E. Yuhl