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For the citys first two hundred years, the story told at Washington DCs symbolic center, the National Mall, was about triumphant American leaders. Since 1982, when the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated, the narrative has shifted to emphasize the memory of American wars. In the last thirty years, five significant war memorials have been built on, or very nearly on, the Mall. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, The National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism During WWII, and the National World War II Memorial have not only transformed the physical space of the Mall but have also dramatically rewritten ideas about U.S. nationalism expressed there. In Sacrificing Soldiers on the National Mall, Kristin Ann Hass examines this war memorial boom, the debates about war and race and gender and patriotism that shaped the memorials, and the new narratives about the nature of American citizenship that they spawned. Sacrificing Soldiers on the National Mall explores the meanings we have made in exchange for the lives of our soldiers and asks if we have made good on our enormous responsibility to them.

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"... A compelling and important set of arguments about the role of public memory in contemporary America. Hass's research on individual memorials is deep and impressive. I definitely and strongly recommend [this book]."—Beth Bailey, author of Americas Army: Making the All-Volunteer Force

About the Author

Kristin Ann Hass is Associate Professor of American Culture at the University of Michigan and the author of Carried to the Wall: American Memory and The Vietnam Veterans Memorial (University of California Press, 1998).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Forgetting the Remembered War at the Korean War Veterans Memorial

2. Legitimating the National Family with the Black Revolutionary War Patriots Memorial

3. The Nearly Invisible Women in Military Service for America Memorial

4. Impossible Soldiers and the National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism during World War II

5. “We Leave You Our Deaths, Give Them Their Meaning”: Triumph and Tragedy at the National World War II Memorial

Epilogue

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520274112
Author:
Hass, Kristin Ann
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Americana-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
22 b/w photographs, 1 table
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in

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