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Sacred Ground: Americans and Their Battlefields Americans Have Persistently Expressed Fascination With The Nation S Most Famous Battlefields Through Patriotic Rhetoric, Monument Building, Physical Preservation, And Battle Reenactment But Each Site Is Also A Place Where Different Groups Of Americans Come To Compete For Ownership Of Cherished National Stories And To Argue About The Meaning Of War, The Importance Of Martial Sacrifice, And The Significance Of Preserving The Nation S Patriotic Landscape From The Anniversary Speeches At Lexington And Concord That Shaped The Image Of The Minuteman To Alamo Day Speeches Invoking The Texas Freedom Fighters Of In Support Of The Contras In Nicaragua From Passionate Arguments Over The Placement Of Confederate Monuments At Gettysburg To Confrontations Between Militant American Indian Movement And Custer Loyalists During The Little Bighorn Centennial In From The Treatment Of The USS Arizona At Pearl Harbor To Continuing Attempts To Maintain The Purity Of These Places In The Face Of Commercialization Sacred Ground Details The Ongoing Struggles To Define, Control, And Subvert Patriotic Faith As Expressed At These Ceremonial Sites


10 thoughts on “Sacred Ground: Americans and Their Battlefields

  1. says:

    Linenthal s text suggests the multiple ways that Americans understand and experience battlefields He emphasizes the quasi religious language used around these spaces and extends this analogy into an argument about patriotic orthodoxy and heresy It s a useful, if somewhat simplistic, argument.The book is organized around several case studies and offers a solid overview of the controversies that swirl around American battlefield parks The study of the American Indian Movement AIM activiti Linenthal s text suggests the multiple ways that Americans understand and experience battlefields He emphasizes the quasi religious language used around these spaces and extends this analogy into an argument about patriotic orthodoxy and heresy It s a useful, if somewhat simplistic, argument.The book is organized around several case studies and offers a solid overview of the controversies that swirl around American battlefield parks The study of the American Indian Movement AIM activities at the Custer Little Big Horn National Battlefield Park is particularly interesting and offers the most in depth analysis of the racial and cultural dynamics to navigate on battlefields.Unfortunately, it s now a dated text because after 9 11 and the bombing in Oklahoma City the concept of a battlefield is deeply problematic The arguments he makes about patriotic orthodoxy feel shallow post Patriot Act Had this book provided atheoretical take on battlefields it would probably still be relevant Instead, by recapping controversies, it feels like a snapshot of a how Americans used responded to battlefields at a particular period of time in the late 1980s


  2. says:

    What an interesting book I had never thought about the emphasis placed by Americans on battlefields Oddly enough as a history student I have never visited a battlefieldand this was definitely an eye opening experience and brought up some very interesting issues about history and how it is presented What do you think Do you think history should give you the whole picture, or just tell you who won and glorify that


  3. says:

    Hmmmanother public history book We ll seeAND, it s read I really liked it actually It s redundant, but he s a thoughtful author that really makes his readers question their interactions with battle grounds in particular, and historic sites in general One of my favorite Public History texts this year.


  4. says:

    This starts great discussions on the false ideas coming from heritage celebrations and opposed to history Many historic site s supporters want comfort for an already established agenda.


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