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The Resource Honor bound : race and shame in America, David Leverenz, (electronic resource)

Honor bound : race and shame in America, David Leverenz, (electronic resource)

Label
Honor bound : race and shame in America
Title
Honor bound
Title remainder
race and shame in America
Statement of responsibility
David Leverenz
Title variation
Race and shame in America
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Annotation
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Leverenz, David
Dewey number
305.800973
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States
  • Racism
  • National characteristics, American
  • Political culture
  • Shame
  • Honor
  • Social values
  • Race in literature
  • Race relations in literature
  • Literature and society
  • United States
Summary expansion
As Bill Clinton said in his second inaugural address, The divide of race has been Americas constant curse. InHonor Bound, David Leverenz explores the past to the present of that divide. He argues that in the United States, the rise and decline of white peoples racial shaming reflect the rise and decline of white honor. White skin and black skin are fictions of honor and shame. Americans have lived those fictions for over four hundred years. To make his argument, Leverenz casts an unusually wide net, from ancient and modern cultures of honor to social, political, and military history to American literature and popular culture. He highlights the convergence of whiteness and honor in the United States from the antebellum period to the present. The Civil War, the civil rights movement, and the election of Barack Obama represent racial progress; the Tea Party movement represents the latest recoil. From exploring African American narratives to examining a 2009 episode ofHardballin which two white commentators restore their honor by mocking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder after he called Americans cowards for not talking more about raceLeverenz illustrates how white honor has prompted racial shaming and humiliation. The United States became a nation-state in which light-skinned people declared themselves white. The fear masked by white honor surfaces in such classics of American literature asThe Scarlet LetterandAdventures of Huckleberry Finnand in the U.S. wars against the Barbary pirates from 1783 to 1815 and the Iraqi insurgents from 2003 to the present. John McCainsFaith of My Fathersis used to frame the 2008 presidential campaign as white honors last national stand. Honor Boundconcludes by probing the endless attempts in 2009 and 2010 to preserve white honor through racial shaming, from the birthers and Tea Party protests to Joe Wilsons You lie! in Congress and the arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr. at the front door of his own home. Leverenz is optimistic that, in the twenty-first century, racial shaming is itself becoming shameful
Label
Honor bound : race and shame in America, David Leverenz, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
ocn781542951
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780813553313
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other control number
9780813552699
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)781542951
Label
Honor bound : race and shame in America, David Leverenz, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
ocn781542951
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780813553313
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other control number
9780813552699
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)781542951

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