The illusion conjured by modern segregation is that segregation is a totalized reality, a natural and normal state of affairs. It is only by the close visual and historical engagement with material sites of segregation as palimpsests, in the manner this volume models, that the precariousness of the segregationist project in St. Louis can be discovered.
Iver Bernstein & Heidi Kolk
Iver Bernstein is professor of history, African and African-American Studies, and American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Heidi Kolk is assistant professor in the Sam Fox School of Design and assistant vice provost of academic assessment at Washington University in St. Louis.
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Dying is something we all do. Saints, film stars, Olympic athletes, con artists. I feel calmer every time another cool friend pulls it off; if all these smart, funny people have managed to die, could it be so awful to share their fate? Yet much of what we call culture is created to deny death, or at least distract us from it.