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A Wall of Our Own: An American History of the Berlin Wall

Paul M. Farber


The Berlin Wall is arguably the most prominent symbol of the Cold War era. Its construction in 1961 and its dismantling in 1989 are broadly understood as pivotal moments in the history of the last century. In A Wall of Our Own, Paul M. Farber traces the Berlin Wall as a site of pilgrimage for American artists, writers, and activists. During the Cold War and in the shadow of the Wall, figures such as Leonard Freed, Angela Davis, Shinkichi Tajiri, and Audre Lorde weighed the possibilities and limits of American democracy. All were sparked by their first encounters with the Wall, incorporated the ... More

Keywords: Berlin Wall, Cold War, “American Berliner”, Artists, Writers, Activists, Geopolitics, Division, Germany, Resistance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469655086
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655086.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul M. Farber, author
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