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Birth of a Nation'hood

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Birth of a Nation'hood by Toni Morrison
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Feb 04, 1997 | ISBN 9780679758938

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“[T]hese 11 eloquent essays, by academics and writers from various backgrounds, offer thoughtful, sometimes brilliant insights on the cultural fractures that the trial and its media frenzy both spotlighted and distorted. Standout pieces . . . redeem the complex human issues behind the button-pushing hype.”
—Entertainment Weekly

Table Of Contents

The Official Story: • vii
Dead Man Golfing
Introduction by Toni Morrison
The Greatest Story Ever Told: • 3
Marketing and the O.J. Simpson Trial  
George Lipstiz
The O.J. Simpson Trial: • 31
Who Was Improperly “Playing the Race Card”?
A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., Aderson Bellegarde François, and Linda Y. Yueh
Dismissed or Banished?: • 57
A Testament to the Reasonableness of the Simpson Jury
Nikol G. Alexander and Drucilla Cornell
Color-blind Dreams and Racial Nightmares: • 97
Reconfiguring Racism in the Post-Civil Rights Era
Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw
Bigger and O.J. • 169
Ishmael Reed
“Hertz, Don’t It?”: • 197
Becoming Colorless and Staying Black in the Crossover of O.J. Simpson
Leola Johnson and David Roediger
If the Genes Fit, How Do You Acquit?: • 241
O.J. and Science
Andrew Ross
American Kabuki • 273
Patricia J. Williams
The Unbearable Darkness of Being: • 293
“Fresh” Thoughts on Race, Sex, and the Simpsons
Ann duCille
Eye, the Jury • 339
Armond White
The Interest of the Simpson Trial: • 367
Spectacle, National History, and the Notions of Disinterested Judgment
Claudia Brodsky Lacour
About the Contributors • 414

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