AMS 251 Paper #2: Advise for the Curation of Smithsonian NMAAHC In order to understand the story of America’s history one must attempt to comprehend the complexity of the history and culture of African Americans, a people who arguably should be given the credit for the profound success America has achieved since its inception in 1776. It is impossible to faultlessly encompass an entire race’s culture and history into a single, physical structure, let alone one as rich as African American’s, but it is important to transform the NMAAHC into a vessel that provides a bridge between the masses and the unfiltered history of African Americans. In order to shape the museum’s role, it is important that the museum act as an introspective tool for all
The range of resources is impressive and builds significantly on those already used in Joseph’s previous works on the Black Power Movement, with an additional thirty interviews supplementing those used in Waiting ‘til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America. However, Joseph’s choice of and engagement with the interviewees is somewhat indicative of the general tone of the book. Although admittedly broad, the list is missing others who may have provided an alternative view, including ex-wife Miriam Makeba or John Lewis, instead relying on those who would be more inclined to give a positive perspective on Carmichael, sometimes relying particularly heavily on Thelwell’s own accounts and his biography of Carmichael, Ready for Revolution. On the whole, Joseph relies on a vast, impressive yet imperfect array of resources for his study, but it is in this area that the text is at its
This book brings together some of the best primary sources on Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X that relate to what I’ve learned in history class. Through their writings and speeches, I appreciate the roles they played in the freedom crusade of the 1950s and 1960s. It is a good summary of its essential teachings that give me insight into their individual styles and personalities. The book is not one that tries to force ideas or a religion on the reader but instead offers new insight on two of these most important civil rights leaders of the century. It is a valuable effort that helps me both within and beyond the classroom, which focuses on the crucial years in the lives of quintessentially human
Although, some or a lot of African Americans in our society still suffer from the slavery sequela, and the burden of racism, but we cannot disagree that their remarkable progress and integrity in such a short time is astonishing, and the best example is having a first African American president in the history of the United States. It is not surprising for the ancestors that came from the birthplace of humanity, and endure a harrowing journey of torture to be brave enough and overcome the injustice by preparing the ground of freedom to the upcoming generations, because when it comes to African Americans, what does not kill you make you stronger is a reality, and the best is yet to
However, in 1865, the 13th Amendment had been ratified, officially ending slavery. Although free, white prejudice and discrimination still played a huge role in African American’s lives. Fast forward to the twentieth century and not until half-way through did the dream of equality seem obtainable. Like the abolishment of slavery, The Great Migration was also a historical event that shaped this country into what it is today. An event in the twentieth century, relocation sparked across African Communities across the globe.
Movies and Hollywood have captivated our ideas of history whether it being movies such as 300 or my current topic Glory. Movies have profound impact on our historical perception and even though these movies try to stay accurate they still present major inaccuracy. Now in this paper I will be reviewing and detailing the historical validity of the 1989 Civil War blockbuster Glory, the movie is centered on the Massachusetts 54th regiment that was predominately made up of African American free men and their commander Robert Gould Shaw, who was the son of a prominent Abolitionist family in Boston. Shaw was originally was apart of the 7th New York who had aided in the defense of Washington and later join and rise up the ranks in the 2nd Massachusetts. This is were Glory begins the movie depicts the story through Shaw’s eyes from the battle of Antietam where Shaw is dumb founded by the horror of war, now this is a tad bit of a history let off because he would have already seen combat casualties in the 1st battle of Winchester where there were huge casualties
Reconstruction was successful in the idea that is reunited the United States by the former Confederate states pledging to the United States government and developing a new constitution which embodied the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments.At first, Reconstruction brought numerous job opportunities for black and whites in the South since collaboration was essential for the nation to be whole again. Furthermore, education, Freedmen 's Bureau, and laws were established in order to provide the newly freedmen with any assistance to feel like an American citizen. Some examples of these specific laws or acts are the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments and the Civil Rights Act of 1875 which “required the state governments provide equal
Just by looking at the few facts provided and reading between the lines it will become evident that freedoms defined by race and slavery existed much earlier than what is in our history books. However, in order to get a true picture of historical events I believe history also needs people who are willing to read between the lines and argue ideas. This is just a brief glimpse into a very large historical database but the possibilities
The photographs taken by Northern and Southern photographers helped to initiate and improve the evolution of cameras. Also the photographs taken help improve historical analysis of the events that took place, and the people that were involved. The photography that took place is genuinely important to the evolution of the United States, as now we have an idea of the war tactics that did and didn’t work, and we have an idea of how different people can come together in the end, to defend a common goal/interest. The evolution of photography and cameras is during the 19th and 20th century is because of the Digital Age and the Civil War era. The evolution of cameras such as the Kodak made by Eastman helped to influence photojournalism and how Southern and Northern photographers took their photographs, and made their images.
Racism has always been a popular topic throughout the course of American history. It may be arguable that African Americans have gained the equality they have fought for, and in more extreme cases, died for. Richard Wright was born after the Civil War, but before the Civil Rights Movement. If he were writing an autobiography today, in 2016, about a black boy growing up in the United States, he would write about the mass incarceration of black men, the discrepancy faced by African Americans with a college degree compared to the whites without, and the difference in wage distribution between white Americans and African Americans. If Richard were to write his autobiography today, he would mention the harsher penalties given to black people compared