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ERIC Number: EJ1130016
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1059-8650
Taking the Next Step: Confronting the Legacies of Slavery at Historic Sites
Grim, Linnea; Wickens, K. Allison; Jecha, Jackie; Powell, Linda; Hawkins, Callie; Flanagan, Candra
Journal of Museum Education, v42 n1 p54-68 2017
"Slavery is the ground zero of race relations," declared James and Lois Horton in their groundbreaking book, "Slavery and Public History." Engaging the history and legacy of slavery is a crucial step in understanding current U.S. society especially race relations. Historic sites that have connections to slavery have begun to explore how they can more fully engage visitors in the narrative of American slavery and subsequently, inspire and enhance the conversation of race relations among contemporary visitors. Reflecting best practices, evolving scholarship, shifting audience demographics, and expanding guest expectations, three well-known historic sites--Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, George Washington's Mount Vernon and President Lincoln's Cottage--have developed new programs and enhanced popular offerings to interpret slavery in a more nuanced manner. These public programs, educational offerings and interpretation strategies provide audiences with a deeper understanding of the institution of race-based slavery and its legacy in the present U.S. society.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia; District of Columbia
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