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History Comes AlivePublic History and Popular Culture in the 1970s$
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M. J. Rymsza-Pawlowska

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469633862

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633862.001.0001

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History Comes Alive

History Comes Alive

Activism, Identification, and the American Archive

(p.139) Chapter Six History Comes Alive
History Comes Alive

M. J. Rymsza-Pawlowska

University of North Carolina Press

Activists, like everyone else, were interested in history in the 1970s, using the past in the formation and reformation of individual and collective identity. But strategies different across groups: while the People’s Bicentennial Commission urged Americans to identify with the historic revolutionaries, African American culture workers used the Bicentennial as an opportunity to call for inclusion in the “national narrative” through the collection and dissemination of objects and stories. More radical groups, like the American Indian Movement, the Black Panther Party, and other members of the Bicentennial Without Colonies movement saw the commemoration as a way to call attention to ongoing inequalities.

Keywords:   protest, activism, American Indian Movement, Black Panther Party, Bicentennial Without Colonies, African American history, People’s Bicentennial Commission, Jeremy Rifkin, archives

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