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From stories of the 1st version: "This superb, well-written, amply documented quantity is awesome in numerous respects, together with the truth that, regardless of being the 1st prolonged remedy of its topic, it really is prone to stay the definitive one." --Professional Geographer "A interesting examine the yankee obsession with traditionally violent and tragic places." --Western historic Quarterly "Attitudes, values, ideals, and reports all play an element within the nationwide collective subconscious that leads a few websites to be sanctified, others to be obliterated, and nonetheless others to be overlooked. Foote offers a useful standpoint in this approach in a well-written and carefully illustrated e-book that provides a provocative theoretical point of view at the imprinting of ancient reminiscence at the American landscape." --Public Historian "[This] is an erudite background and outline of ways americans 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 americans have memorialized--or not--the websites of tragic and violent occasions spanning 3 centuries of background and each area of the rustic. For this revised version, Kenneth Foote has written a brand new concluding bankruptcy that appears on the evolving responses to fresh 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 Sept. 11.

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Perhaps still more time must pass before the tensions raised by such events can be resolved. In Salem almost three hundred years had to pass before a public memorial was erected, that is, before Salem as a community could look back and find a lesson to be learned from the witchcraft episode. What will be the fate of other places of equally equivocal meaning—the internment camp at Manzanar (Figure 1-12) or the sites of the Rock Springs or Ludlow Massacres? These are places that may long remain in limbo before American society comes to terms with their meaning and a past marred by violence and tragedy.

These would be the largest McKinley memorials, but other cities dedicated smaller monuments. Buffalo had set an important precedent, however, by redeeming its shame over the assassination through the creation of a major memorial. As was true of the Garfield memorial, Buffalo’s monument was positioned away from the place of assassination in a prominent civic location. Even though the assassination site was not marked at the time, it was never entirely forgotten. The Temple of Music was razed, along with the other buildings of the Pan-American Exposition (save for the New York State pavilion, which became the home of the Buffalo Historical Society), and the grounds were reused for residential development.

The Bunker Hill Memorial in Charlestown, Massachusetts, just across the Charles River from Boston. Veterans of the battle lobbied for a memorial for many years, and the monument was begun with private donations in 1827. Only much later did the site pass into public hands, first to the commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1919 and eventually to the National Park Service in 1976. The monument is atop Breed’s Hill, just below Bunker Hill proper, but part of the original battlefield. A Landscape of Violence and Tragedy 21 Figure 1-9.

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