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date: 14 December 2019

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This essay examines the rise and role of ethnically specific museums in the United States. It explores the relationship of those museums to the larger questions of how to display American history in museums, how these museums function to create either a national or ethnic identity, and how these museums blur the line between a presentation of “history” and a celebration of “heritage.”

Keywords: ethnicity, museums, history museums, African American museums, National Museum of the American Indian, national identity

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