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Author Collins, Martha, 1940- author

Title Admit one : an American scrapbook / Martha Collins
Published Baltimore, Maryland : Project Muse, 2016
Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (1 PDF (89 pages).)
Series Pitt poetry series
Pitt poetry series.
UPCC book collections on Project MUSE
Summary In Admit One: An American Scrapbook, Martha Collins relentlessly traces the history of scientific racism from the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair through the eugenics movement of the 1920s. Using a wide variety of documentary sources, including her Illinois grandfather's newspaper, Collins constructs a "scrapbook" of fragments, quotations, narrative passages, and lyrical riffs that reveal startling connections between the Fair, the Bronx Zoo, and ideas that culminated in anti-immigration, anti-miscegenation, and eugenic sterilization laws in 1924. Among the book's recurring elements are evolving portraits of the "exhibited" African Ota Benga, the sterilization victim Carrie Buck, and the eugenicist Madison Grant, whose reach extended to Nazi Germany. Following the practice begun in her book-length poem Blue Front and continued in her exploration of race in White Papers, Collins combines careful research with innovative poetic techniques to create an arresting account of a segment of American history that haunts us even today. Admit One: An American Scrapbook is a brilliant, troubling, necessary read
Notes Issued as part of UPCC book collections on Project MUSE
Description based on print version record
Subject American poetry -- 21st century.
Genre/Form Poetry.
Form Electronic book
Author Project Muse, distributor
Project Muse.
ISBN 0822964058
0822981297 electronic bk
9780822981299 electronic bk