“Not to Scale”
“Not to Scale”
Cartographic Productions of Community
This chapter explores the expressions and productions of “community” among Union's delegitimized historians. Analyzing a map hand drawn by Ernest Green, an 85-year old resident of the town, it considers how history, space, and race come together to form a sense of community that is unique to those identified as delegitimized historians. These residents are invested in the concept of official histories as a nationalist project, but they also tend to read themselves as invisible in these narratives. Unlike the history provided by the National Register of Historic Places (NHRP) which portrays Union as a relatively homogenous “black” space, Greene's map portrays an equally homogeneous “white” landscape. The chapter describes this cartographic act as a reflection of the delegitimized historians' productions and experiences of community—where an implicit recognition of historical documents as instruments of power becomes visible.
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