By D. Heller
The nice American Makeover is a suite of essays that discover the yank makeover mythos that has been lately repackaged within the kind of renowned makeover tv courses reminiscent of severe Makeover, The Swan, Supernanny, and Queer Eye for the immediately Guy.
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One character explains that if Harriet Tubman is “the Mother of Our Country and Frederick Douglass the Father . . then bloody old Shenandoah Brown . . is some kind of Godfather. ” The novel is a counterfactual history—“a story of what might have happened if John Brown’s raid had succeeded,” as the 28 Zoe Trodd preface explains. In a sense, however, the committee replaced counterfactuals with a new attempt to succeed. ”20 In 1994, McVeigh saw himself as another “John Brown born”—keen to know if others studied history.
The Negro’s full intelligence and power cannot be revealed to the white world, because whites will become threatened and try to take away that power. Becoming Uncle Remus The work of Joel Chandler Harris endures, not only as he originally created it, but also in numerous retellings of the tales. Just as Harris slipped into a disguise in the form of Uncle Remus, so have storytellers who have followed him. Harris’s invention has become everybody’s Uncle Remus, whether the old man is retained as an actual character in the stories, as in Walt Disney’s 1946 film “Song of the South,” or whether an artist takes on the role of Remus.
From Eugene Debs and Michael Gold, to Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen, radical writers used elements of the John Brown myth to make over their own protest movements into an American tradition. Building on the past, protest artists chose and reshaped their ancestry and emphasized an American tradition of patriotic protest. Their attempts to make over America with reference to Brown, debunked the myth of American history as a series of fresh starts, of America as a perpetual New World. Excavating and reconstructing, protest artists fought attempts to stamp out the country’s radical past.
The Great American Makeover: Television, History, Nation by D. Heller