Lost in the USA: American Identity from the Promise Keepers to the Million Mom March

Lost in the USA: American Identity from the Promise Keepers to the Million Mom March

by Deborah Gray White

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Remembered as an era of peace and prosperity, turn-of-the-millennium America was also a time of mass protest. But the political demands of the marchers seemed secondary to an urgent desire for renewal and restoration felt by people from all walks of life. Drawing on thousands of personal testimonies, Deborah Gray White explores how Americans sought better ways of living in, and dealing with, a rapidly changing world. From the Million Man, Million Woman, and Million Mom Marches to the Promise Keepers and LGBT protests, White reveals a people lost in their own country. Mass gatherings offered a chance to bond with like-minded others against a relentless tide of loneliness and isolation. By participating, individuals opened a door to self-discovery that energized their quests for order, autonomy, personal meaning, and fellowship in a society that seemed hostile to such deeper human needs. Moving forward in time, White also shows what marchers found out about themselves and those gathered around them. The result is an eye-opening reconsideration of a defining time in contemporary America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252082382
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 03/30/2017
Series: Women in American History Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Deborah Gray White is Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of history at Rutgers University. Her books include Too Heavy A Load: Black Women in Defense of Themselves, 1894-1994, Let My People Go: African Americans 1804-1860, and Ar'n't I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Searching for Identity 1

Chapter 1 A New-Age Search for Order 7

Chapter 2 Looking for a Few Good Men: The Transformation of Manhood 30

Chapter 3 Standing By Their Men: What Promise Keeper and Million Man March Women Wanted 72

Chapter 4 The Fierce Urgency of Unity: The Advent of Post-Blackness 99

Chapter 5 Things Fall Apart; the LGBT Center Holds 125

Chapter 6 Guns and Motherhood: A Millennial Maternalism 157

Epilogue: Reflections on Marches, Identity, Intersectionality, and Postmodernity 182

Notes 189

Bibliography 221

Index 247

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