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Contested Commemoration in U.S. History: Diverging Public Interpretations

Klara Stephanie Szlezak Melissa M. Bender



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08 October 2019
Museums & museology; History of the Americas
Against the backdrop of two recent socio-political developments-the shift from the Obama to the Trump administration and the surge in nationalist and populist sentiment that ushered in the current administration-Contested Commemoration in U.S. History presents eleven essays focused on practices of remembering contested events in America's national history. This edited volume contains fresh interpretations of public history and collective memory that explore the evolving relationship between the U.S. and its past. The individual chapters investigate efforts to memorialize events or interrogate instances of historical sanitization at the expense of less partial representations that would include other perspectives. The primary source material and geography covered is extensive; contributors use historic sites and monuments, photographs, memoirs, textbooks, periodicals, music, and film to discuss the periods from colonial America, through the Revolutionary and Civil Wars up until the Vietnam War, Civil Rights movement, and Cold War, to explore how the commemoration of those eras resonates in the twenty-first century. Through a range of commemoration media and primary sources, the authors illuminate themes and arguments that are indispensable to students, scholars, and practitioners interested in Public History and American Studies more broadly.
Edited by:   Klara Stephanie Szlezak, Melissa M. Bender
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
Weight:   327g
ISBN:   9780367249489
ISBN 10:   0367249480
Series:   Global Perspectives on Public History
Pages:   228
Publication Date:   08 October 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Melissa M. Bender is a senior lecturer and the associate director of Writing Across the Curriculum at the University of California, Davis. Her monograph, Dysfunctional Family Values: Nurturing the Neoliberal Self in U.S. Memoir, will be published in 2020. Her research interests include visual and material rhetoric, writing studies, and American cultural studies. Klara Stephanie Szlezak is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in American Studies at the University of Passau, Germany. She is the author of Canonized in History : Literary Tourism and 19th-Century Writers' Houses in New England. Her research interests include museum studies, visual culture studies, and the history of immigration.

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