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Interpreting sacred ground : the rhetoric of national Civil War parks and battlefields, J. Christian Spielvogel

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Interpreting sacred ground : the rhetoric of national Civil War parks and battlefields
Title
Interpreting sacred ground
Title remainder
the rhetoric of national Civil War parks and battlefields
Statement of responsibility
J. Christian Spielvogel
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Language
eng
Summary
"'Interpreting sacred ground' is a rhetorical analysis of Civil War battlefields and parks, and the ways various commemorative traditions--and their ideologies of race, reconciliation, emancipation, and masculinity--compete for dominance. The National Park Service (NPS) is known for its role in the preservation of public sites deemed to have historic, cultural, and natural significance. In 'Interpreting sacred ground', J. Christian Spielvogel studies the NPS's secondary role as an interpreter or creator of meaning at such sites, specifically Gettysburg National Military Park, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, and Cold Harbor Visitor Center. Spielvogel studies in detail the museums, films, publications, tours, signage, and other media at these sites, and he studies and analyzes how they shape the meanings that visitors are invited to construct. Though the NPS began developing interpretive exhibits in the 1990s that highlighted slavery and emancipation as central facets to understanding the war, Spielvogel argues that the NPS in some instances preserves outmoded narratives of white reconciliation and heroic masculinity, obscuring the race-related causes and consequences of the war as well as the war's savagery. The challenges the NPS faces in addressing these issues are many, from avoiding unbalanced criticism of either the Union or the Confederacy, to foregrounding race and violence as central issues, preserving clear and accurate renderingsof battlefield movements and strategies, and contending with the various public constituencies with their own interpretive stakes in the battle for public memory. Spielvogel concludes by arguing for the National Park Service's crucial role as a critical voice in shaping twentieth-first-century Civil War public memory and highlights the issues the agency faces as it strives to maintain historical integrity while contending with antiquated renderings of the past"--provided by publisher
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1969-
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Spielvogel, J. Christian
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
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illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Rhetoric, culture, and social critique
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  • United States
  • United States
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Interpreting sacred ground : the rhetoric of national Civil War parks and battlefields, J. Christian Spielvogel
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [175]-182) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Race and memory. -- "We are met on a great battle-field" : race, memory, and the Gettysburg Address. -- Reviving emancipationist memory at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. -- Violence and memory. -- Savage and heroic war memories at Gettysburg National Military Park. -- The symbolic landscape : visualizing violence at Gettysburg National Military Park. -- "The waters ran red" : savage interpretations of war at Cold Harbor Visitor Center
Control code
FIEb17317423
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 190 pages
Isbn
9780817317751
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)794036183
Label
Interpreting sacred ground : the rhetoric of national Civil War parks and battlefields, J. Christian Spielvogel
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [175]-182) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Race and memory. -- "We are met on a great battle-field" : race, memory, and the Gettysburg Address. -- Reviving emancipationist memory at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. -- Violence and memory. -- Savage and heroic war memories at Gettysburg National Military Park. -- The symbolic landscape : visualizing violence at Gettysburg National Military Park. -- "The waters ran red" : savage interpretations of war at Cold Harbor Visitor Center
Control code
FIEb17317423
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 190 pages
Isbn
9780817317751
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)794036183

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