Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Authors Win Major Geography Book Award

CIVIL RIGHTS MEMORIALS AND THE GEOGRAPHY OF MEMORY has won the 2008 Globe Book Award for Public Understanding of Geography. The book is published by the Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago, and distributed by the UGA Press.

Sponsored by the Association of American Geographers, the Globe Book Award is given annually for "a book that conveys most powerfully the nature and importance of geography to the non-academic world."

CIVIL RIGHTS MEMORIALS AND THE GEOGRAPHY OF MEMORY offers the first critical reading of the monuments, museums, parks, and streets dedicated to the black struggle for civil rights. Geographers Owen J. Dwyer and Derek H. Alderman use extensive archival research, personal interviews, and compelling photography to examine memorials as cultural landscapes, interpreting them in the context of the movement's broader history and its current scene. In paying close attention to which stories, people, and places are remembered and which are forgotten, the authors present an unforgettable story.

Praise for the CIVIL RIGHTS MEMORIALS AND THE GEOGRAPHY OF MEMORY has come from both academic and public sectors. Historian Kenneth E. Foote, author of Shadowed Ground: America’s Landscapes of Violence and Tragedy, has called the book "a very strong work that is well-organized and readable," and Jacket Copy, the book blog of the Los Angeles Times recently said that "the book takes a thoughtful approach to all the questions it examines, including tensions, in the planning of memorials, over whether the work and sacrifice of those who stood with King has been overshadowed by King himself."

Top left: Jacket of Civil Rights Memorials and the Geography of Memory
Right: Owen J. Dwyer by De-D Hutchins
Bottom left: Derek H. Alderman by Cliff Hollis, East Carolina University

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