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Memoir, Memory, and Jim Crow

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Description

Although historians frequently use memoirs as source material, too often they confine such usage to the anecdotal, and there is little methodological literature regarding the genre. This study articulates an approach to using memoirs as instruments of historical understanding. Jennifer Jensen Wallach applies these principles to memoirs about life in the American South during Jim Crow segregation, including works by Zora Neale Hurston, Willie Morris, Lillian Smith, Henry Louis Gates Jr., William Alexander Percy, and Richard Wright, making the provocative claim that creative writers are uniquely positioned to capture the complexities of another time and another place.

Author Biography

Jennifer Jensen Wallach is an assistant professor of history at the University of North Texas. She has also taught at Georgia College & State University and Stonehill College.
Release date Australia
June 15th, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
University of Georgia Press
Pages
192
Dimensions
152x229x11
ISBN-13
9780820335025
Product ID
3997676

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