New Publication on Public Memory

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This quick post is just to let you know about a recent publication in an edited collection on public memory practices on Washington, DC’s National Mall. My chapter in the book is entitled “Entrepreneurs and Immigrants: Representing American Identity in the National Museum of American History.” In it, I explore what the history museum tells us about who Americans are. Undertaking a rhetorical analysis of the exhibition practices, I argue that the museum foregrounds both entrepreneurship and immigration in the American experience. These choices, I suggest, have implications for how we understand community and democracy. The book is available here, and also includes a variety of other chapters that examine the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the National Museum of the American Indian, the FDR Memorial, and others.