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Black Towns, Black FuturesThe Enduring Allure of a Black Place in the American West$
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Karla Slocum

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469653976

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653976.001.0001

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The Case for America

The Case for America

(p.40) Chapter Two The Case for America
Black Towns, Black Futures

Karla Slocum

University of North Carolina Press

Chapter Two focuses on diverse tourism efforts for Black towns, showing how they make a different case about Black towns’ or Black people’s connection or disconnection to America. Exploring independent bus tours, state tourism plans for self-guided tours of Black towns, and tours of Civil War Battle sites adjacent to Black towns, the chapter highlights how tour narratives tell Black town history in diverse and sometimes contradictory ways. Some tours make a case for Black people as agents and pioneers in the making of America. Others seek narratives that narrate Blacks as triumphant over American racism; others largely exclude Black towns and Black people from prominent narratives about American history.

Keywords:   Tourism, Black towns, Bus tour, Self-guided tour, Civil War, Narratives, American history

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