Symbolic Excavation and the Artifact Politics of Remembering Slavery in the American South: Observations from Walterboro, South Carolina

@article{Alderman2008SymbolicEA,
  title={Symbolic Excavation and the Artifact Politics of Remembering Slavery in the American South: Observations from Walterboro, South Carolina},
  author={D. Alderman and Derek H. Rachel M. Campbell},
  journal={Southeastern Geographer},
  year={2008},
  volume={48},
  pages={338 - 355}
}
While historic sites in the American South have tended not to engage visitors in critical discussions of slavery, there are indications that this pattern is changing. In understanding how the history of slavery is resurrected and narrated through memorials, museums, and other public places of memory, it is perhaps useful to think about it as a process of "symbolic excavation." The metaphor of excavation prompts us to realize that the unearthing of difficult and long suppressed (and repressed… Expand
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