- xiii, 207 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
- Collective memories are key to social movements. Activists draw on a shared history to build identity, create movement cohesion, and focus political purpose. But what happens when marginalized communities do not find their history in dominant narratives? How do they create a useable past to bind their political communities together and challenge their exclusion? In Clio's foot soldiers, Lara Leigh Kelland investigates these questions by examining 1960s and 1970s social movements, including civil rights, black power, women's and gay liberation, and American Indian. Movement activists researched, wrote, and institutionalized identity-based histories, claiming interpretive authority over their own pasts. To accomplish their goals, activists generated new forms of adult education, published movement newspapers, organized archives, and exhibited public interpretive projects. Through such interventions, marginalized communities developed their own histories to mobilize members, cultivate new political identities, and become culturally sovereign while changing the landscape of liberal cultural institutions.In a long line of protest -- The Civil Rights Movement and a new collective memory -- Knowledge of self liberation and education through black separatist collective memory -- A history of one's own -- Feminist collective memory in the second wave Women's Movement -- Scripted to win -- Collective memory in the Gay Liberation Movement -- For the sake of cultural survival -- Red power and collective memory.Includes bibliographical references and index.