“Generations and Collective Memory” Revisited: Race, Region, and Memory of Civil Rights

  title={“Generations and Collective Memory” Revisited: Race, Region, and Memory of Civil Rights},
  author={Larry J. Griffin},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  pages={544 - 557}
  • L. Griffin
  • Published 1 August 2004
  • Sociology
  • American Sociological Review
Using the spontaneous memories of a national sample of Americans in 1985, Schuman and Scott (1989) largely confirmed Mannheim's theory of generational identity by demonstrating that respondents' age structured their recall of important national and world events over the past 50 years. But they did not find the predicted age patterns for whites' recollections of civil rights. I argue that their failure was the consequence of ignoring regional differences in the impact of the Civil Rights… 

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