The Unfinished Bombing: Oklahoma City in American Memory

The Unfinished Bombing: Oklahoma City in American Memory

by Edward T. Linethal
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195161076

ISBN-13: 9780195161076

Pub. Date: 05/28/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


On April 19, 1995 the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City shook the nation, destroying our complacent sense of safety and sending a community into a tailspin of shock, grief, and bewilderment. Almost as difficult as the bombing itself has been the aftermath, its legacy for Oklahoma City and for the nation, and the struggle to recover

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On April 19, 1995 the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City shook the nation, destroying our complacent sense of safety and sending a community into a tailspin of shock, grief, and bewilderment. Almost as difficult as the bombing itself has been the aftermath, its legacy for Oklahoma City and for the nation, and the struggle to recover from this unprecedented attack.
In The Unfinished Bombing, Edward T. Linenthal explores the many ways Oklahomans and other Americans have tried to grapple with this catastrophe. Working with exclusive access to materials gathered by the Oklahoma City National Memorial Archive and drawing from over 150 personal interviews with family members of those murdered, survivors, rescuers, and many others. Linenthal looks at how the bombing threatened cherished ideas about American innocence, sparked national debate on how to respond to terrorism at home and abroad, and engendered a new "bereaved community" in Oklahoma City itself. Linenthal examines how different stories about the bombing were told through positive narratives of civic renewal and of religious redemption and more negative narratives of toxicity and trauma. He writes about the extraordinary bonds of affection that were created in the wake of the bombing, acts of kindness, empathy, and compassion that existed alongside the toxic legacy of the event. The Unfinished Bombing offers a compelling look at both the individual and the larger cultural consequences of one of the most searing events in recent American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195161076
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIX
Introduction: April 19, 19951
1.Falling into History15
2.Telling the Story: Three Narratives41
3."A New World": The Inner Life of a Wounded Community81
4."A Single Chord of Horror": The Memorial Vocabulary of American Culture109
5."We Come Here to Remember": Creating the Memorial in Oklahoma City175
Conclusion: Bonds of Affection231
Postscript239
Notes242
Index293

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