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Interpreting Sacred Ground: The Rhetoric of National Civil War Parks and Battlefields
Interpreting Sacred Ground is a rhetorical analysis of Civil War battlefields and parks, and the ways various commemorative traditions—and their ideologies of race, reconciliation, emancipation, and masculinity—compete for dominance. The National Park Service (NPS) is known for its role in the preservation of public sites deemed to have historic, cultural, and natural sign ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published January 30th 2013 by University Alabama Press
(first published January 1st 2013)
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This was an incredibly frustrating book for me. Spielvogel, a professor of rhetoric and communication at Hope College, offers a critical reading for three different Park Service sites: Gettysburg, Harpers Ferry, and Cold Harbor. While I appreciated the close, detailed readings of NPS sites, I found both his writing style and his analysis frustrating. He clearly did a tremendous amount of background reading (including David Blight's excellent work) and as a refresher on Civil War Memory literatur ...more