Landscapes of Segregation: Race, Recreation and Resistance in Modern America

Old wooden roller coasters, lavish swimming pools, and swinging dance halls have been celebrated in documentary films and other forms of public history. Rarely, however, do these public depictions of the past highlight the racial exclusion on which recreation was premised.

Lecture Description

In recent years there has been a tremendous nostalgia for urban recreation of the early and mid-twentieth century. Rarely, however, do these public depictions of the past highlight the racial exclusion on which recreation was premised. That exclusion was primarily enforced by white violence: on urban beachfronts, playgrounds, and commercial facilities like roller skating rinks and amusement parks. The incongruity of such violence coupled with images of families at play has hidden this history of racial struggle in recreational spaces, North and South. This talk will explore the history of recreational segregation and its legacy for modern America.

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Race Social and Cultural

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