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Racial innocence : performing American childhood from slavery to civil rights

Author: Robin Bernstein
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : New York University Press, ©2011.
Series: America and the long 19th century.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Beginning in the mid nineteenth century in America, childhood became synonymous with innocenceoa reversal of the previously- dominant Calvinist belief that children were depraved, sinful creatures. As the idea of childhood innocence took hold, it became racialized: popular culture constructed white children as innocent and vulnerable while excluding black youth from these qualities.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
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Bernstein, Robin, 1969-
Racial innocence.
New York, N.Y. : New York University Press, ©2011
(DLC) 2011024713
(OCoLC)733284457
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robin Bernstein
ISBN: 9780814787090 0814787096 9780814789780 0814789781
OCLC Number: 756634886
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 307 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Introduction: Playing innocent : childhood, race, performance --
Tender angels, insensate pickaninnies : the divergent paths of racial innocence --
Scriptive things --
Everyone is impressed : slavery as a tender embrace from Uncle Tom's to Uncle Remus's cabin --
The black-and-whiteness of Raggedy Ann --
The scripts of Black dolls.
Series Title: America and the long 19th century.
Responsibility: Robin Bernstein.

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