Public Memory, Commemoration, and Patriotism in the Twentieth Century
In a compelling inquiry into public events ranging from the building of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial through ethnic community fairs to pioneer celebrations, John Bodnar explores the stories, ideas, and symbols behind American commemorations over the last century. Such forms of historical consciousness, he argues, do not necessarily preserve the past but rather address serious political matters in the present.
John Bodnar is Professor of History at Indiana University. His books include The Transplanted: A History of Immigrants in Urban America (Indiana) and Workers' World: Kinship, Community, and Protest in an Industrial Society (Johns Hopkins).