Exhibiting Race, Creating Nation: Representations of Black History and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution, 1895-1976

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Moresi's dissertation discusses the the evolution of exhibitions about African American history and culture at the Smithsonian Institution exploring issues such as racial representation, national identity, and cultural authority. Specifically, Moresi explores racial representation in the Smithsonian's National Museum exhibition at the 1895 Cotton States International Exposition, national identity in the African American art exhibits at the Smithsonian during the 1920s, and cultural authority in her studies of the Museum of History and Technology and the Anacostia Museum during the 1960s and 1970s.


  • Anacostia Community Museum
  • Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
  • National Collection of Fine Arts
  • Blacks in the Western Movement (Exhibition)
  • Cotton States and International Exposition (1895 : Atlanta, Ga.)


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Ph.D. dissertation

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu




  • Race identity
  • National characteristics
  • Ethnology
  • Anthropolgy
  • Museums
  • History
  • African Americans
  • Anthropological museums and collections
  • Blacks--Race identity
  • African Americans--History


United States

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Number of pages: 264; Page numbers : 1-264

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