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Performing Blackness/Revealing Self: Machiavellian and Arendtian Actors in Post-Reconstruction America

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Title: Performing Blackness/Revealing Self: Machiavellian and Arendtian Actors in Post-Reconstruction America
Author: Miller, Greta
Advisor: Beltran, Cristina
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Political Science
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2003
Abstract: In my thesis, I will be exploring what I deem a "tension" between fundamental drives -- the desire to pursue self-interest and the desire for recognition, the material and the spiritual -- that was, I argue, experienced by African-Americans in the time period that spans from the end of Reconstruction up to and through the civil rights movement. I will use the models of appearance offered to us by Niccolo Machiavelli, Plato and Hannah Arendt to help us to understand both how this tension came to exist, and the way in which African-Americans negotiated this tension in this time period. In my analysis of the negotiation of appearance by African-Americans I will rely on examples of what I deem specifically "political" appearance by black Americans offered by African-American political discourse.
Subject: Plato -- Influence
Subject: African Americans -- Attitudes -- History
Subject: African Americans -- History -- 1877-1964
Subject: Machiavelli, Niccolò, 1469-1527 -- Influence
Subject: Arendt, Hannah, 1906-1975 -- Influence
Subject: African Americans -- Race identity -- History
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/9935

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Miller, Greta. "Performing Blackness/Revealing Self: Machiavellian and Arendtian Actors in Post-Reconstruction America". 2003. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/9935.

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