Eddie Modlin

Eddie Modlin
Norfolk State University | NSU · Department of History and Interdisciplinary Studies

Doctor of Philosophy

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In the United States, visitors to heritage sites have been steadily declining, and in the wake of this phenomenon, these sites have often turned to edutainment as a way to diversify methods to earn diminishing revenue in an increasingly competitive heritage tourism market. The term edutainment is a portmanteau (education/entertainment) signifying t...
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This article, structured as a prompt-and-response work, is authored by members of a research team investigating how slavery is absent and present at tourism plantation museums in the U.S. South. The prompt for the discussion grew out of E. Arnold Modlin’s concern that, even at museums where narratives and landscapes center on enslaved people, the p...
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Museums and heritage tourism sites are highly curated places of memory work whose function is the assembling and ordering of space and narrative to contour visitors’ experiences of the past. Variations in such experiences within and between sites, however, necessitates a method that: (1) captures how guides, visitors, and exhibits interact within s...
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Comprising a small set of several islands located at the southern end of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles, Guadeloupe is a French Overseas Department. The two larger islands are separated by less than 40 m in some sections giving Guadeloupe the geologic distinction of being part of both the Volcanic Caribbees (geologically younger) and th...
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Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao consist of five islands that make up the Leeward Islands of the Dutch Antilles off of the northern coast of South America, often referred to as the ABCs. Because of location, the islands share similar characteristics of climate, geology, geomorphology, and history, though each bears a variation of these characteristics....
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Martinique is an island located at the northern end of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. One of the larger islands of the Lesser Antilles, Martinique, is unique because of its location near the convergence of two volcanic arcs on the eastern edge of the Caribbean Plate. The two volcanic arcs cross Martinique on close to parallel paths th...
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Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao consist of five islands that make up the Leeward Islands of the Dutch Antilles off of the northern coast of South America, often referred to as the ABCs. Because of location, the three islands share similar characteristics of climate, geology, geomorphology, and history, though each island bears a variation of these chara...
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Within the study of southern plantation house museums, the cultural power that tourists exercise in interpreting, reacting to, and even shaping historical narratives has received limited attention. The purpose of this paper is to advance our understanding of the agency of visitors at plantation museums, paying particular attention to their verbal e...
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Building upon James “Pete” Shortridge's appreciation for the multiple and contradictory meanings associated with the portrayal of regions, we explore the racial politics of representation within the American South and actively link the study of regional identity with a concern for social justice and African American belonging. Our study of the Amer...
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This article describes experiential-learning approaches to conveying the work and rewards involved in qualitative research. Seminar students interviewed one another, transcribed or took notes on those interviews, shared those materials to create a set of empirical materials for coding, developed coding schemes, and coded the materials using those s...
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Criticized for ignoring or misrepresenting slavery, some docents at plantation house museums have responded by including more references to slavery, but rarely move beyond mere factual references of the enslaved. This contrasts with the emotionally evocative accounts tourists hear about the planter-class family. We refer to this disparity as affect...
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The New World plantation is deeply connected to slavery. In 1860, fifty-three percent of the enslaved individuals in the US South lived on plantations, a proportion that had grown from approximately forty-five percent since the American Revolution. The antebellum plantation was a business enterprise profiting from the extraction of labor of enslave...
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Tourism landscapes are constructed and marketed in selective ways that reaffirm long‐standing patterns of social power and inequality and thus influence whose histories and identities are remembered and forgotten. The purpose of this article is to conduct an analysis of plantation tourism marketing in North Carolina, measuring the degree to which t...
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Historic house plantation museums are common across the southeastern United States. Often these museums depict an idealized vision of the past that heavily emphasizes the experiences and possessions of the wealthy, white planter class while ignoring the large enslaved community that lived and worked on the plantation. Previous researchers have note...

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