Mickey Mouse History and Other Essays on American Memory

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In essays that previously appeared in the Radical History Review, Wallace (history, CUNY) explores the purposes of museums, particularly as popular tourist attractions. He is concerned with what the people who started museums originally had in mind to attract poor people and immigrants, for example, in the large urban technology museums and the early, mostly rural reconstructions such as Colonial Williamsburg. In his later chapters, Wallace deals with recent controversies such as the Enola Gay exhibit and Disney's America. He writes from a radical viewpoint in proposing the necessity of bringing people of color into museums; this is usually worn lightly but can become didactic. His style is lively and his musings productive, but the book's ideological focus (and, for the cloth edition, bloated price) make it a purchase only for libraries collecting heavily in curatorship or local history.Fritz Alan Buckallew, Univ. of Central Oklahoma Lib., Edmond
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566394451
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 4/23/1996
  • Series: Critical Perspectives On The P Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 347,706
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Battlefields of Memory
Visiting the Past: History Museums in the United States 3
Razor Ribbons, History Museums, and Civic Salvation 33
Boat People: Immigrant History at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island 55
Progress Talk: Museums of Science, Technology, and Industry 75
Industrial Museums and the History of Deindustrialization 87
The Virtual Past: Media and History Museums 101
Museums and Controversy 115
Mickey Mouse History: Portraying the Past at Disney World 133
Disney's America 159
Preserving the Past: A History of Historic Preservation in the United States 177
Preservation Revisited 223
Ronald Reagan and the Politics of History 249
The Battle of the Enola Gay 269
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