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Gettysburg: Memory, Market, and an American Shrine

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The site of North America's greatest battle is a national icon, a byword for the Civil War, and an American cliche. Described as "the most American place in America," Gettysburg is defended against commercial desecration like no other historic site. Yet even as schoolchildren learn to revere the place where Lincoln delivered his most famous speech, Gettysburg's image gener
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 27th 2003 by Princeton University Press (first published April 7th 2003)
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Theo Logos
May 26, 2012 Theo Logos rated it really liked it
Jim Weeks' has created a fascinating study of American culture, class, and capitalism, over the past one hundred and forty years by chronicling and dissecting our changing relationship to the Gettysburg Battlefield National Park. This shrine became a tourist attraction before the bodies were buried, and remains one of our best known national shrines and most popular of tourist attractions to this day. Yet for each generation, Gettysburg has had a different meaning, appealed to different social ...more
Josh Liller
After I visited Gettysburg for the first time in 2009, I came away wondering about the history of the park itself. The room in the visitor center detailing the park's expansion over the years, the demolition of the infamous tower, and the efforts to restore the park grounds to their 1863 appearance seemed fascinating. As far as I could tell, no such book existed and I filed the idea under "things I might someday write a book about."

Forward to 2012. Looking for some other books at my college libr
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Todd Stockslager
Jun 09, 2015 Todd Stockslager rated it did not like it
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After counting 8 typos and grammatical errors, I stopped keeping track. Such shoddy editorial workmanship does not say much for the quality of the Princeton University Press.

And unfortunately, the content mirrors the shoddiness of the form. The author seldom takes the many opportunities available to him to show pictures and tell the stories of Gettysburg tourist attractions, but states and restates his broad generalizations without attempting to prove them.

How boring, vapid, and meaningless. If
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Sam
Sep 12, 2011 Sam added it
A slow read as it took all summer to complete, but definitely worth reading. It gave me a new perspective for the battlefield. With each new generation, a new marketing strategy dictated how the battlefield was offered to the public. We are now in the Heritage stage, where history is being delivered in the form of education combined with entertainment. What started as a genteel driven park, has evolved into a living historical model. It will be interesting to see how the next generation defines ...more
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