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The Unveiling of the National Icons

The Unveiling of the National Icons
A Plea for Patriotic Iconoclasm in a Nationalist Era

Part of Cambridge Studies in American Visual Culture

  • Date Published: February 1998
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print December 2004
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521570671

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  • In The Unveiling of the National Icons, Albert Boime analyses the creation and reception of several American national monuments as a means of understanding the politics of memory and national icons. In engaging, 'behind the scenes' accounts of several highly visible symbols, such as the American flag, the Statue of Liberty, and Mount Rushmore, among others, he demonstrates how these icons have been manipulated for patriotic purposes. Boime also shows how these monuments express individual and collective needs and how they are subject to contested readings, despite their origins in the creative imaginations of conservatives and privileged members of America. Examining these symbols as a group for the first time, this book is also the first serious investigation of visual artifacts that are too often taken for granted.

    • Investigates familiar visual artifacts we take for granted
    • First book which studies national monuments collectively rather than individually
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    • Date Published: February 1998
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521570671
    • length: 447 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 159 x 35 mm
    • weight: 0.9kg
    • contains: 87 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print December 2004
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Patriotism and protest: reconstituting Old Glory
    2. The engendering of moderate politics: the Statue of Liberty
    3. Patriarchy fixed in stone: Gutzon Borglum's Mount Rushmore
    4. The battle for hearts and minds: the Marine Corps Memorial
    5. A house undivided cannot stand: the Lincoln Memorial
    Epilogue: the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
    Appendices.

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    Albert Boime, University of California, Los Angeles

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