By Stephanie E. Yuhl

Charleston, South Carolina, at the present time enjoys a name as a vacation spot urban for cultural and history tourism. In A Golden Haze of Memory, Stephanie E. Yuhl appears to be like again to the the most important interval among 1920 and 1940, while neighborhood leaders constructed Charleston's trademark photo as "America's so much old City."

Eager to claim the nationwide worth in their local cultural traditions and to situate Charleston as a bulwark opposed to the chaos of contemporary the United States, those descendants of old-line households downplayed accomplice institutions and emphasised the city's colonial and early nationwide prominence. They created a colourful community of person artists, literary figures, and organizations--such because the all-white Society for the upkeep of Negro Spirituals--that nurtured architectural protection, paintings, literature, and tourism whereas appropriating African American people tradition. within the technique, they translated their selective and idiosyncratic own, familial, and sophistication thoughts right into a collective identification for the town.

The Charleston this team outfitted, Yuhl argues, provided a sanitized but hugely marketable model of the yankee previous. Their efforts invited recognition and compliment from outsiders whereas maintaining social hierarchies and retaining the political and financial strength of whites. during the instance of this colourful southern urban, Yuhl posits a bigger critique in regards to the use of historical past and demonstrates how anything as intangible because the recalled earlier could be reworked into genuine political, monetary, and social power.

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