Schein's Race and Cultural Landscape

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Schein “Race and Landscape in the U.S.” 01:34 Introduction: 1. small village of Midway, in central Kentucky [fire insurance map] (1) 2. race and cultural landscape takes place in everyday places (1) 3.  always  possible to think about race and the American cultural landscape  4. “75” to Negro Dwg = presence of “race” in landscape. (2) many of Midway’s population = descendents of slaves in rich, southern agricultural  region Jim Crow laws segregated urban settings  Residents not recognized Not expected to buy insurance (3) 5. “race” generally treated as a marker for “people of color” 6. race already is indirectly present on the map aside from proximity of “Negro Dwg” (3). 7. Landscape also fraught with the construction of whiteness (3) material sense that luxury of white privilege where town built on backs of African  Americans present metaphorical sense that our ideas about normality of whiteness depends on Africanist  presence his house built by slave-owners with wage-labor relationship 8. Toni Morrison = “… the contemplation of this black presence is central to any  understanding our national literature and should not be permitted to hoer at the margins  of literary imagination” (4) whiteness of map’s central scene depended on the race of the off-the-map African  Americans 9. Acknowledgment that there were African Americans in 1903 and that the full and  proper story of the town and its landscape is not complete without their presence (4) Cultural and political need to recover hidden histories through “the speaking of a  past which previously had no language” (4) 10.  Seemingly  normal landscapes are already coded with “whiteness” and that is also  about race. (4)
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