Since the election of President Barack Obama, many pundits have declared that we are living in a ""post-racial America,"" a culture where the legacy of slavery has been erased. The essays in this collection, however, point to a resurgence of the theme of slavery in American cultural artifacts from the late twentieth- and twenty-first centuries. Ranging from disciplines as diverse as African American studies, film and television, architectural studies, and science fiction, the pieces provide a provocative look into how and why slavery continues to recur as a trope in American popular culture. By exploring how authors, filmmakers, historians, and others engage and challenge the narrative of American slavery, this volume invites further study of slavery in its contemporary forms of human trafficking and forced labor and challenges the misconception that slavery is an event of the past.
Marlene D. Allen is an assistant professor of English at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina and has published several articles on African American literature. Seretha D. Williams is an associate professor of English at Augusta State University in Georgia, where she has also served as the interim director for women's studies and the coordinator for minority advising.