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By Scott Trafton

Egypt Land is the 1st entire research of the connections among buildings of race and representations of historical Egypt in nineteenth-century the US. Scott Trafton argues that the yank mania for Egypt was once without delay relating to anxieties over race and race-based slavery. He exhibits how the fascination with historic Egypt between either black and white americans used to be occur in a number of usually contradictory methods. either teams likened the facility of the U.S. to that of the traditional Egyptian empire, but either additionally pointed out with old Egypt’s sufferers. because the land which represented the origins of races and countries, the facility and folly of empires, despots conserving humans in bondage, and the exodus of the kept from the land of slavery, historical Egypt was once a uniquely helpful trope for representing America’s personal conflicts and concerned aspirations.

Drawing on literary and cultural stories, artwork and architectural historical past, political historical past, spiritual historical past, and the histories of archaeology and ethnology, Trafton illuminates anxieties with regards to race in numerous manifestations of nineteenth-century American Egyptomania, together with the advance of yank Egyptology, the increase of racialized technology, the narrative and literary culture of the imperialist event story, the cultural politics of the architectural Egyptian Revival, and the dynamics of African American Ethiopianism. He demonstrates how debates over what the us was once and what it could possibly turn into back many times to historic Egypt. From visions of Cleopatra to the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, from the works of Pauline Hopkins to the development of the Washington Monument, from the measuring of slaves’ skulls to the making a song of slave spirituals—claims approximately and representations of historic Egypt served as linchpins for discussions approximately nineteenth-century American racial and nationwide identity.

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