Dell Upton
Dell Upton is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Art History at UCLA.
Upton, Dell
Upton, Dell
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Description: Cabin, Quarter, Plantation: Architecture and Landscapes of North American Slavery
Dell Upton’s widely cited article has inspired many subsequent studies of slave landscapes, as the essays in this volume attest. Like Robert K. Fitts, Upton is concerned with the ideological function of landscape and how it perpetuates social hierarchies by manipulating behavior and consciousness. In his concern for how different populations viewed the landscape, Upton’s essay...
PublisherYale University Press
Related print edition pages: pp.121-139
Description: Another City: Urban Life and Urban Spaces in the New American Republic
An exploration of the beliefs, perceptions, and theories that shaped the architecture and organization of America’s earliest cities

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, burgeoning American cities like New Orleans and Philadelphia seemed increasingly chaotic. Noise, odors, and a feverish level of activity on the streets threatened to overwhelm the senses. Growing populations placed new demands on every aspect of the urban landscape—streets, parks, schools, asylums, cemeteries, markets, waterfronts, and more. In this unique exploration of the early history of urban architecture and design, leading architectural historian Dell Upton reveals the fascinating confluence of sociological, cultural, and psychological factors that shaped American cities in the antebellum years.

Through contemporary travel accounts, diaries, and correspondence, as well as maps, architectural drawings, paintings, and prints—many previously unpublished—Upton investigates not only how buildings were designed, streets were laid out, and urban space was put to use, but also why. He offers original insights into the way cities were imagined, and an extensive selection of illustrations recreates the various features of the urban landscape in the nineteenth century.

*This eBook is available exclusively on the A&AePortal.*

*Many of the black-and-white images in the original print edition have been replaced by color images in this ePortal version."
Print publication date September 2008 (in print)
Print ISBN 9780300124880
EISBN 9780300265828
Illustrations 164
Print Status in print
Description: What Can and Can’t Be Said: Race, Uplift, and Monument Building in the...
An original study of monuments to the civil rights movement and Black history that have been erected in the American South over the past three decades, this powerful work explores how commemorative structures have been used to assert the presence of African Americans in contemporary Southern society while showing how the construction of such monuments frequently exposes the myth that racial differences have been overcome. 

Examining monuments whose creation has been particularly contentious, from the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Memorial in Washington, D.C., to more obscure memorials such as the so-called "multicultural monument" in Bowling Green, Virginia, Dell Upton shows that monument builders must contend not only with varied interpretations of the African-American past but also with the continuing presence of White supremacy—not only in its traditional forms but also in the subtler, more recent assumptions that Whites are neutral arbiters of what is fair and accurate in such monuments.

Upton argues that Southerners, White and Black, share a convenient fiction—a “dual heritage” that allows them to acknowledge the Black past without relinquishing cherished White historical mythologies. In his conclusion, Upton considers how these two pasts might be reimagined and memorialized as a single Southern American history.

*For the A&AePortal edition of this book, the author's black-and-white images were replaced with color.*
Print publication date November 2015 (in print)
Print ISBN 9780300211757
EISBN 9780300262261
Illustrations 59
Print Status in print