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Sacred Ground: Americans and Their Battlefields

Linenthal, Edward Tabor {Author} with Robert M. Utley {Foreward By}

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ISBN 10: 0252017838 / ISBN 13: 9780252017834
Editorial: University of Illinois Press, Urbana, Illinois, 1991
Condición: Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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"From the anniversary speeches at Lexington and Concord that shaped the image of the minuteman to recent Alamo Day speeches invoking thje Texas 'freedom fighters' of 1836 in support of the contras in Nicaragua; from passionate arguments over the placement of Confederate monuments at Gettysburg to confrontations between the militant American Indian Movement and the 'Custer loyalists' during the Little Bigborn centennial in 1976; 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." This book has 227 pages and is illustrated. The book is a SIGNED AND DATED PRESENTATION copy from the author, Edward Tabor Linenthal. N° de ref. de la librería 063100

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Título: Sacred Ground: Americans and Their ...

Editorial: University of Illinois Press, Urbana, Illinois

Año de publicación: 1991

Encuadernación: Cloth

Condición del libro:Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author

Edición: First Hardcover Printing

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Examines how different groups of Americans have competed to control, define, and own cherished national stories relating to events at four battlefields

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Here, Linenthal (Religious Studies/Univ. of Wisconsin) provocatively chronicles the history and role of five of America's most famous battle-site memorials: Lexington-Concord, the Alamo, Gettysburg, the Little Big Horn, and Pearl Harbor. Linenthal notes that Americans have always been awed and inspired when visiting places where gallant fellow citizens transformed ordinary land into sacred ground by their spirit and blood sacrifices in epic battles. The venerated sites, he says, have provided a powerful focus for national reflections that not only have enriched legends (often promoted by interested power groups) but, by the passage of time and through continued research by historians, have redefined the past by bringing to bear updated concepts of freedom and justice. Lexington-Concord symbolized the martial valor of plain citizens risking death to shake off a tyranny and build a new, freer society; later, this same spirit of protest would inspire some to demonstrate against unpopular wars. The work of historians, Linenthal argues, has changed perceptions of the Little Big Horn and altered the Custer myth. The author relates how the survivors of Gettysburg, once bitter enemies, would in time find friendship together while visitors would only occasionally be reminded of the forgotten message of Lincoln--that military valor and sacrifice would be in vain if a people would still be divided and a united nation of all the people not achieved: The freed slaves were largely forgotten for generations. Finally, Linenthal finds that the Arizona memorial at Pearl Harbor has seldom healed the average visitor's resentment toward Japan. An authoritative study of the nature of the American patriotic spirit as observed in its most hallowed memorials. (One-hundred- and-eighteen illustrations.) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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