The Unveiling of the National Icons

Author: Albert Boime
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521570671
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In The Unveiling of the National Icons, Albert Boime analyses the creation and reception of several American national monuments as a means of understanding the politics of memory and national icons. In engaging, 'behind the scenes' accounts of several highly visible symbols, such as the American flag, the Statue of Liberty, and Mount Rushmore, among others, he demonstrates how these icons have been manipulated for patriotic purposes. Boime also shows how these monuments express individual and collective needs and how they are subject to contested readings, despite their origins in the creative imaginations of conservatives and privileged members of America. Examining these symbols as a group for the first time, this book is also the first serious investigation of visual artifacts that are too often taken for granted.

9 11 als Bildereignis

Author: Anne Becker
Publisher: transcript Verlag
ISBN: 3839424437
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Das Erleben der Anschläge vom 11. September 2001 ist aufgrund der Medienberichterstattung stark durch Bilder geprägt. Die Live-Übertragung setzt den medialen Normalbetrieb außer Kraft; in der Folge stellt das Visuelle ein wichtiges Element der Krisenbewältigung dar. Anne Becker zeigt: Schrecken und Schreckensbewältigung in der visuellen Kommunikation von »9/11« lassen sich mit der Kategorie des Schrecklich-Erhabenen fassen. Die Untersuchung beleuchtet neben kommunikationswissenschaftlichen Gesichtspunkten philosophische, kunstgeschichtliche und bildwissenschaftliche Aspekte und fragt nach der gesellschaftlichen und politischen Relevanz spezifischer Visualisierungen.

The Lincoln Memorial American Life

Author: Christopher A. Thomas
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691011943
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"Because the idea of a memorial to Lincoln raised questions of race, the legacy of the Civil War, and lingering sectional animosities, the project sparked political debate between the legislative and executive branches of government and between political parties. Thomas traces the long and controversial path of the project, ranging from the immediate aftermath of the Civil War through the Progressive era, with its mix of novelty, racism, and imperialism.


Author: Steven Johnston
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442261315
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In this book, political theorist Steve Johnston explores Lincoln’s thought and political philosophy, but also his intentional and shrewdly calculated ambiguity – enabling him to be maximally politically effective in the face of unprecedented challenges.

Civic and Moral Learning in America

Author: D. Warren
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1403984727
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From its formative years to the present, advocates of various persuasions have written and spoken about the country's need for moral and civic education. Responding in part to challenges posed by B. Edward McClellan, this book offers research findings on the ideas, people, and contexts that have influenced the acquisition of moral and civic learning in the America.

Exhibiting Patriotism

Author: Teresa Bergman
Publisher: Left Coast Press
ISBN: 1598745972
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Examining interpretive materials, exhibits, and films at major US historic sites where controversy has erupted over historical interpretation, Exhibiting Patriotism shows how historical narratives change over time, shaped by the dynamic relationship between these museums, their visitors, and the public.

The Brooklyn Bridge

Author: Richard Haw
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813535876
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"Bringing together more than sixty images of the bridge that, over the years, have graced postcards, magazine covers, and book jackets and appeared in advertisements, cartoons, films, and photographs, Haw traces the diverse and sometimes jarring ways in which this majestic structure has been received, adopted, and interpreted as an American idea. Haw's account is not a history of how the bridge was made, but rather of what people have made of the Brooklyn Bridge - in film, music, literature, art, and politics - from its opening ceremonies to the blackout of 2003."--BOOK JACKET.

Lies Across America

Author: James W. Loewen
Publisher: The New Press
ISBN: 1595586768
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In Lies Across America, James W. Loewen continues his mission, begun in the award-winning Lies My Teacher Told Me, of overturning the myths and misinformation that too often pass for American history. This is a one-of-a-kind examination of sites all over the country where history is literally written on the landscape, including historical markers, monuments, historic houses, forts, and ships. Lies Across America is a realty check for anyone who has ever sought to learn about America through the nation's public sites and markers. Entertaining and enlightening, it is destined to change the way American readers see their country.

The Republic of Nature

Author: Mark Fiege
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 0295804149
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In the dramatic narratives that comprise The Republic of Nature, Mark Fiege reframes the canonical account of American history based on the simple but radical premise that nothing in the nation's past can be considered apart from the natural circumstances in which it occurred. Revisiting historical icons so familiar that schoolchildren learn to take them for granted, he makes surprising connections that enable readers to see old stories in a new light. Among the historical moments revisited here, a revolutionary nation arises from its environment and struggles to reconcile the diversity of its people with the claim that nature is the source of liberty. Abraham Lincoln, an unlettered citizen from the countryside, steers the Union through a moment of extreme peril, guided by his clear-eyed vision of nature's capacity for improvement. In Topeka, Kansas, transformations of land and life prompt a lawsuit that culminates in the momentous civil rights case of Brown v. Board of Education. By focusing on materials and processes intrinsic to all things and by highlighting the nature of the United States, Fiege recovers the forgotten and overlooked ground on which so much history has unfolded. In these pages, the nation's birth and development, pain and sorrow, ideals and enduring promise come to life as never before, making a once-familiar past seem new. The Republic of Nature points to a startlingly different version of history that calls on readers to reconnect with fundamental forces that shaped the American experience. For more information, visit the author's website:

Shared Society or Benign Apartheid

Author: John Nagle
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230290639
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This book analyses the role power sharing, social movements, economic regeneration, urban space, memorialisation and symbols play in transforming divided societies into shared peaceful ones. It explains why some projects are counterproductive while others assist peace-building.