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Remaking History: Barack Obama, Political Cartoons, and the Civil Rights Movement in _Civil Rights History from the Ground Up_ ed. by Emilye Crosby by Hasan Kwame Jeffries at The Ohio State University

http://www.ugapress.org/index.php/books/civil_rights_history/0/1 Crosby_ch08-4.pdf — PDF document, 4347Kb

This essay offers a compelling analysis of the ways that political cartoons addressing Barack Obama's presidential campaign reflect common distortions of movement history. Jeffries gives us a glimpse of what is obscured and why it matters. Among other things, he touches briefly on the ways popular (and some historical) portrayals of white resistance too often frame it as isolated, individual, and distinct from larger white communities and those whites in power. The same is typically true of Black Power, which is too often marginalized and caricatured as angry and counter-productive, with no attention to its strong grounding in African-American history and communities.


African American History: Civil Rights Movement
African American History: Black Power
Social Justice: General
Social Justice: Media Literacy

high
article, teacher training materials
no
FMFP-2011
March on Washington, Montgomery Bus Boycott
Barack Obama, Stokely Carmichael, George Wallace, Ella Baker, Martin Luther King, Jr.
Civil Rights Movement, Black Power Movement, Barack Obama Campaign, Color Blindness, Structural Inequality, Freedom Rights
Emilye Crosby, editor, University of Georgia press, 2011

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