Cover for LINENTHAL: Sacred Ground: Americans and Their Battlefields

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 1836 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 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.

To order online:
http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/64nyf4sf9780252061714.html

To order by phone:
(800) 621-2736 (USA/Canada)
(773) 702-7000 (International)

Related Titles

previous book next book
Journal of Animal Ethics

Edited by Andrew Linzey and Priscilla N. Cohn

Between Two Homelands

Letters across the Borders of Nazi Germany

Edited by Hedda Kalshoven

Immigrant Voices, 2d edition

New Lives in America, 1773-2000

Edited by Thomas Dublin

Quakers and Abolition

Edited by Brycchan Carey and Geoffrey Plank

Kirtland Temple

The Biography of a Shared Mormon Sacred Space

David J. Howlett

Islanders in the Empire

Filipino and Puerto Rican Laborers in Hawai‘i

JoAnna Poblete

The Pekin

The Rise and Fall of Chicago’s First Black-Owned Theater

Thomas Bauman