History Wars: The Enola Gay and Other Battles for the American Past

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Edward T. Linethal, Tom Engelhardt
Henry Holt and Company, Aug 15, 1996 - History - 304 pages
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From the "taming of the West" to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, the portrayal of the past has become a battleground at the heart of American politics. What kind of history Americans should read, see, or fund is no longer merely a matter of professional interest to teachers, historians, and museum curators. Everywhere now, history is increasingly being held hostage, but to what end and why? In History Wars, eight prominent historians consider the angry swirl of emotions that now surrounds public memory. Included are trenchant essays by Paul Boyer, John W. Dower, Tom Engelhardt, Richard H. Kohn, Edward Linenthal, Micahel S. Sherry, Marilyn B. Young, and Mike Wallace.

 

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In 1994 the Smithsonian Museum's National Air and Space Museum decided to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Enola Gay which dropped the first bomb ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction History Under Siege TOM ENGELHARDT AND EDWARD T LINENTHAL
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1 Anatomy of a Controversy EDWARD T LINENTHAL
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2 Three Narratives of Our Humanity JOHN W DOWER
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3 Patriotic Orthodoxy and American Decline MICHAEL S SHERRY
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4 Whose History Is It Anyway? Memory Politics and Historical Scholarship PAUL BOYER
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5 History at RiskThe Case of the Enola Gay RICHARD H KOHN
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6 Culture War History Front MIKE WALLACE
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7 Dangerous History Vietnam and the Good War MARILYN B YOUNG
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8 The Victors and the Vanquished TOM ENGELHARDT
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Notes
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The Contributors
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Edward T. Linenthal is Edward M. Penson Professor of Religion and American Culture at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. He is the author of Sacred Ground: Americans and Their Battlefields and Preserving Memory: The Struggle to Create America's Holocaust Museum.

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