Censoring Racial Ridicule
Irish, Jewish, and African American Struggles over Race and Representation, 1890-1930
By M. Alison Kibler
328 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 18 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-1836-4
Published: March 2015
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-1837-1
Published: March 2015
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Exploring the relationship between free expression, democracy, and equality in America, Kibler shows that the Irish, Jewish, and African American campaigns against racial ridicule are at the roots of contemporary debates over hate speech.
About the Author
M. Alison Kibler is associate professor of American studies and women’s and gender studies at Franklin and Marshall College. She is author of Rank Ladies: Gender and Cultural Hierarchy in American Vaudeville.
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“Kibler’s analysis is especially strong in its critique of gendered racial and ethnic representations of the Irish.”--CHOICE
“Demonstrates the rich interpretive results of not only utilizing a broad archive of both cultural and legal texts but also of combining the analogous struggles of several ethnic groups in America to overcome prejudice. . . . An estimable new chapter indeed in the history of the great American social experiment.”--Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"Meticulously researched. . . . Serves as a timely reminder that the freedom of speech, habitually referred to as the essence of democratic self-government, has a checkered and contested history."--American Jewish History
“An excellent comparative study of the antidefamation activism undertaken by Irish American, Jewish American, and African American organizations in the opening decades of the twentieth century.”--Journal of Southern History
“Richly researched. . . . An excellent and necessary book [that] deepens our understanding of crucial debates in American democracy.”--Journal of American History
"Censoring Racial Ridicule makes a signal contribution to the history of censorship and free speech, showing that calls to ban or to revise controversial theater and film productions were often based on a gender- and class-inflected antiracism. The history of opposition to hate speech is thus greatly deepened by this study, which demonstrates that what we take to be a very modern concern with political correctness is heir to longstanding controversies."--David Roediger, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign