The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery

The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery

by Micki McElya

Hardcover

$29.95
View All Available Formats & Editions
Members save with free shipping everyday! 
See details

Overview

Arlington National Cemetery is America’s most sacred shrine, a destination for four million visitors who each year tour its grounds and honor those buried there. For many, Arlington’s symbolic importance places it beyond politics. Yet as Micki McElya shows, no site in the United States plays a more political role in shaping national identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674737242
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 08/15/2016
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Micki McElya is Professor of History at the University of Connecticut. She is the author of Clinging to Mammy: The Faithful Slave in Twentieth-Century America and of The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery, which won the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize and the Sharon Harris Award and was a finalist for the Jefferson Davis Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Nation's Heart 1

1 Keeper of the Keys 12

2 Freedman's Village 58

3 A National Cemetery 95

4 Bringing Home the Dead 137

5 Out of Many, One Unknown 170

6 For Us, the Living 217

7 Knowns and Unknowns 261

Conclusion: Hereafter 307

Notes 315

Acknowledgments 373

Illustration Credits 377

Index 379

Customer Reviews