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A Wall of Our Own An American History of the Berlin Wall

Title
A Wall of Our Own [electronic resource] : An American History of the Berlin Wall / by Paul M. Farber.
ISBN
1469655101
9781469655109
9781469655079
9781469655086
Published
Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2020] (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2015)
Physical Description
1 online resource.
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Summary
"The Berlin Wall is arguably the most prominent symbol of the Cold War era, demarcating real and figurative divisions between east and west, Communism and capitalism, oppression and freedom. Its fall in 1989 is broadly understood as a pivotal moment in the history of the last century. For years afterward, tourists, locals, and even private businesses shipped fragments from the concrete structure around the world, turning it into a collectible commodity and cultural signifier for the triumph of Western democracy. As Paul Farber argues in framing this book, as the Wall was broken apart, it also solidified itself in the American imagination. But what was the nature and significance of this imaginary? In A wall of our own, Farber addresses this question from the moment of the Wall's creation to the present. He reveals how it has been both a literal and metaphorical presence in American culture, particularly influencing our discourse and ideas about breaking down barriers of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation"-- Provided by publisher.
Variant and related titles
Project MUSE - 2020 Complete.
Project MUSE - 2020 History.
Format
Books / Online
Language
English
Added to Catalog
March 03, 2020
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
Roadmap: American Berliners
Segregated sectors: Leonard Freed, the Berlin crisis, and the color line
Walls turned sideways are bridges: Angela Davis, Cold War Berliners, and imprisoned freedom struggles
Scaling the wall: Shinkichi Tajiri, exiled sculpture, and the reconstruction of the Berlin Wall
Midnight crossings: Audre Lorde, intersectional poetics, and the politics of historical memory
Returns: 1989 and beyond.
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