The Civil War On Film – 19 in a series – …so many white Americans have wished to live in a world in which African Americans are not angry over past and present injustices…

The Civil War On Film - 19 in a series - ...so many white Americans have wished to live in a world in which African Americans are not angry over past and present injustices...

This fictional vision of slavery was pervasive many years after the war, up to and including GWTW. In her book Clinging to Mammy (2007), Micki McElya posits the idea that “the myth of the faithful slave lingers because so many white Americans have wished to live in a world in which African Americans are not angry over past and present injustices, a world in which white people were and are not complicit, in which the injustices themselves—of slavery, Jim Crow, and ongoing structural racism—seem not to exist at all.”.

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