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This article discusses an international exhibition that detailed the recent history of African Americans in Pittsburgh. Methodologically, the exhibition paired oral history excerpts with selected historic photographs to evoke a sense of Black life during the twentieth century. Thematically, showcasing the Black experience in Pittsburgh provided a chance to provoke among a wider public more nuanced understandings of the civil rights movement, an era particularly prone to problematic and superﬁcial misreadings, but also to interject an African American perspective into the scholarship on deindustrializing cities, a literature which treats racism mostly in white-centric terms. This essay focuses on the choices made in reconciling these thematic and methodological dimensions when designing this exhibition.
Author(s): Houston B
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Public Historian
Print publication date: 07/05/2020
Online publication date: 07/05/2020
Acceptance date: 03/04/2020
Date deposited: 07/05/2020
ISSN (print): 0272-3433
ISSN (electronic): 1533-8576
Publisher: University of California Press
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