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Black FeelingsRace and Affect in the Long Sixties$
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Lisa M. Corrigan

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496827944

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496827944.001.0001

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Postwar Feelings

Postwar Feelings

Beyond Hope

(p.3) Chapter One Postwar Feelings
(p.iii) Black Feelings

Lisa M. Corrigan

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses the Kennedy administration’s emotional repertoire since it set the tone for youth dissent for the decade. Corrigan examines the co-constitutive nature of hope and despair in the postwar period to understand how these competing political feelings expressed generational and racialized disputes about the nature of the polis, the uses and abuses of power, the role of political institutions in guaranteeing social and political equality, and the role of dissent as an emotional sphere of public discourse. Using John Kennedy’s speeches, Arthur Schlesinger’s writings on Kennedy, and Norman Mailer’s responses, Corrigan suggests that much of the black struggle in the United States has been aimed at producing new political feelings that worked both in tandem and against those being cultivated by the white establishment during the Kennedy years.

Keywords:   Hope, Despair, John Kennedy, Arthur Schelesinger, Whiteness

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