Shadowed Ground: America's Landscapes of Violence and by Kenneth E. Foote

By Kenneth E. Foote

From stories of the 1st version: "This appropriate, well-written, amply documented quantity is outstanding in different respects, together with the truth that, regardless of being the 1st prolonged therapy of its topic, it truly is prone to stay the definitive one." --Professional Geographer "A attention-grabbing examine the yank obsession with traditionally violent and tragic places." --Western ancient Quarterly "Attitudes, values, ideals, and reports all play a component within the nationwide collective subconscious that leads a few websites to be sanctified, others to be obliterated, and nonetheless others to be missed. Foote offers a priceless viewpoint in this strategy in a well-written and punctiliously illustrated e-book that gives a provocative theoretical viewpoint at the imprinting of historic reminiscence at the American landscape." --Public Historian "[This] is an erudite background and outline of the way american citizens have, or haven't, interpreted/recognized the which means of violent and tragic occasions all through their history." --Space and tradition Shadowed floor explores how and why american citizens have memorialized--or not--the websites of tragic and violent occasions spanning 3 centuries of heritage and each sector of the rustic. For this revised variation, Kenneth Foote has written a brand new concluding bankruptcy that appears on the evolving responses to contemporary acts of violence and terror, together with the destruction of the department Davidian compound at Waco, Texas, the Oklahoma urban bombing, the Columbine highschool bloodbath, and the terrorist assaults of 11th of September.

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Marking the site had been of interest to the Buffalo Historical Society for many years, but resistance was sufficient to stall its plans. 15 I assume that the objections continued to revolve around the sense of shame attached to the site and the inappropriateness of such a marker in a residential neighborhood. Lincoln: Marking an American Immortal Abraham Lincoln was honored by the city where he died, but oddly not until the 1920s, long after Garfield and McKinley. Lincoln was The Veneration of Heroes and Martyrs 47 Figure 2-4.

The first memorials were clearly partisan and confined to the Northern states. Any results at the national level would require bipartisan support, and this would be difficult to achieve until Americans reached some consensus on how the Civil War was to be commemorated. It is difficult now in the late twentieth century to understand the animus Lincoln engendered during his term as president. Today he is celebrated as one of the greatest of all American presidents, the defender of the Union, but this high regard is largely a product of retrospective assessments carried to the point of mythmaking during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Delay is inevitable. The time required to create a monument at an assassination site is often measured in decades, and the victim’s reputation may change substantially during this interval, sometimes for the better and occasionally for the worse. The most interesting part of this process is that the question of whether a victim should be commemorated is often fought out over the issue of how commemoration is accomplished at the death site. The Veneration of Garfield and McKinley Four American presidents have been assassinated: Lincoln (1865), Garfield (1881), McKinley (1901), and Kennedy (1963).

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