Autry, Robyn. Desegregating the Past: The Public Life of Memory in the United States and South Africa.

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Autry, Robyn. Desegregating the Past: The Public Life of Memory in the United States and South Africa. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 2017, pp. 272, ISBN: 0231177585

In this work the author consults museum archives, conducts interviews with staff, and recounts the public and private battles fought over the creation and content of history museums. Despite vast differences in the development of South African and U.S. society, a common set of ideological, political, economic, and institutional dilemmas arising out of the selective reconstruction of the past are found. Hence, the book argues that the scale...

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