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Black Public History in ChicagoCivil Rights Activism from World War II into the Cold War$
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Ian Rocksborough-Smith

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041662

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041662.001.0001

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Imagining a Black Museum in Cold War Chicago

Imagining a Black Museum in Cold War Chicago

(p.49) Chapter Two Imagining a Black Museum in Cold War Chicago
Black Public History in Chicago

Ian Rocksborough-Smith

University of Illinois Press

The second chapter of this book looks at how a vision for a black-history museum persisted despite the stifling conditions of Cold War America and deals explicitly with how this vision for a museum existed in the context of the control of black-history celebrations in Chicago in a highly contested struggle among public historians increasingly divided by Cold War<EN>-era ideologies. The chapter traces the left-wing backgrounds of the museum’s founders, which spanned decades of activity and demonstrates how they sustained the vision of the National Negro Museum and Historical Foundation (NNMHF) for a museum in Chicago through the 1960s with the founding of what would become the DuSable Museum of African American History.

Keywords:   Margaret T. G. Burroughs, National Negro Museum and Historical Foundation (NNMHF), Cold War, St. Clair Drake, DuSable Museum of African American History, blacks and Communism, black public history, museums, Eugene P. Feldman

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