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Deployments: Activism


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Sawallisch, Nele:
Deployments: Activism.
In: Roy, Michaël (Hrsg.): Frederick Douglass in Context. - Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2021. - S. 356-367
ISBN 978-1-108-47873-1


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Reconsidering Douglass’s legacy at the beginning of the twenty-first century reveals his contested iconicity. In the 1960s, Angela Davis read Douglass as a model for Black liberation, and fifty years later, Christopher Lebron posited him as a historical antecedent for the contemporary activism of Black Lives Matter. These activists themselves have shown how they work with and through historical ancestors, and the revival of Douglass’s North Star as a digital paper and hub encapsulates the trajectories of Black scholar-activism in which he has been placed. However, Douglass’s complex life and his multifaceted writings have made him the target of very different intellectual and political co-optations. Most notably and surprisingly, perhaps, he has become a favorite of conservatives and the political right. In such interpretations, Douglass emerges as a model Republican (Smith) and a classic libertarian self-made man (Sandefur). Laying claim to Douglass in the age of social media has blurred the lines between activism, polics, and scholarship.

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Publikationsform:Aufsatz in einem Buch
Schlagwörter:Frederick Douglass; activism; Angela Davis; Christopher Lebron; David Blight; Black Lives Matter; Timothy Sandefur; social media
Sprache des Eintrags:Englisch
Institutionen der Universität:Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät > Anglistik/Amerikanistik > Amerikanistik > Akad. Rätin für Anglistik/Amerikanistik
DOI / URN / ID:10.1017/9781108778688.036
Open Access: Freie Zugänglichkeit des Volltexts?:Nein
Titel an der KU entstanden:Ja
Eingestellt am: 01. Jan 2022 12:51
Letzte Änderung: 01. Jan 2022 12:56
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