By Scott Trafton
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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