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Bodies of War : World War I and the Politics of Commemoration in America, 1919-1933

By: Budreau, Lisa M.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: New York : NYU Press, 2009Edition: 1st ed.Description: 1 online resource (336 p.).ISBN: 9780814789803.Subject(s): Political culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century | United States -- Politics and government -- 1918-1933 | United States -- Social conditions -- 1918-1932 | War memorials -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century | War memorials -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century | World War, 1914-1918 -- Monuments -- United States | World War, 1914-1918 -- Social aspects -- United StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Bodies of War : World War I and the Politics of Commemoration in America, 1919-1933DDC classification: 940.4/60973 | 940.460973 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents -- "Pilgrims," from Rhymes of a Red-Cross Man -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- List of Abbreviations -- Map of ABMC Cemeteries and Monuments -- Introduction -- PART I: Repatriation -- 1 The Journey's End -- 2 Origins -- 3 A Daunting Pledge -- 4 Charon's Price -- 5 A Problem of Policy -- 6 Make Way for Democracy! -- 7 Troubled Waters -- 8 Bringing Them Home -- PART II: Remembrance -- 9 Republican Motherhood Thrives -- 10 A Star of Recognition -- 11 A Reluctant Giant -- 12 A Commission Is Born -- 13 Sacred Space and Strife -- 14 We the People -- 15 Americans Make Waves
PART III: Return -- 16 A Country for Heroes? -- 17 Pilgrim or tourist? -- 18 Commemoration or Celebration? -- 19 Pilgrims' Progress -- 20 Mothers and Politics -- 21 Mathilda's Victory -- 22 Stars of Black and Gold -- 23 Highballs on the High Seas -- 24 A Personal Experience -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- X -- Y -- Z -- About the Author
Summary: The United States lost thousands of troops during World War I, and the government gave next-of-kin a choice about what to do with their fallen loved ones: ship them home for burial or leave them permanently in Europe, in makeshift graves that would be eventually transformed into cemeteries in France, Belgium, and England. World War I marked the first war in which the United States government and military took full responsibility for the identification, burial, and memorialization of those killed in battle, and as a result, the process of burying and remembering the dead became intensely political. The government and military attempted to create a patriotic consensus on the historical memory of World War I in which war dead were not only honored but used as a symbol to legitimize America's participation in a war not fully supported by all citizens. The saga of American soldiers killed in World War I and the efforts of the living to honor them is a neglected component of United States military history, and in this fascinating yet often macabre account, Lisa M. Budreau unpacks the politics and processes of the competing interest groups involved in the three core components of commemoration: repatriation, remembrance, and return. She also describes how relatives of the fallen made pilgrimages to French battlefields, attended largely by American Legionnaires and the Gold Star Mothers, a group formed by mothers of sons killed in World War I, which exists to this day. Throughout, and with sensitivity to issues of race and gender, Bodies of War emphasizes the inherent tensions in the politics of memorialization and explores how those interests often conflicted with the needs of veterans and relatives.
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Contents -- "Pilgrims," from Rhymes of a Red-Cross Man -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- List of Abbreviations -- Map of ABMC Cemeteries and Monuments -- Introduction -- PART I: Repatriation -- 1 The Journey's End -- 2 Origins -- 3 A Daunting Pledge -- 4 Charon's Price -- 5 A Problem of Policy -- 6 Make Way for Democracy! -- 7 Troubled Waters -- 8 Bringing Them Home -- PART II: Remembrance -- 9 Republican Motherhood Thrives -- 10 A Star of Recognition -- 11 A Reluctant Giant -- 12 A Commission Is Born -- 13 Sacred Space and Strife -- 14 We the People -- 15 Americans Make Waves

PART III: Return -- 16 A Country for Heroes? -- 17 Pilgrim or tourist? -- 18 Commemoration or Celebration? -- 19 Pilgrims' Progress -- 20 Mothers and Politics -- 21 Mathilda's Victory -- 22 Stars of Black and Gold -- 23 Highballs on the High Seas -- 24 A Personal Experience -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- X -- Y -- Z -- About the Author

The United States lost thousands of troops during World War I, and the government gave next-of-kin a choice about what to do with their fallen loved ones: ship them home for burial or leave them permanently in Europe, in makeshift graves that would be eventually transformed into cemeteries in France, Belgium, and England. World War I marked the first war in which the United States government and military took full responsibility for the identification, burial, and memorialization of those killed in battle, and as a result, the process of burying and remembering the dead became intensely political. The government and military attempted to create a patriotic consensus on the historical memory of World War I in which war dead were not only honored but used as a symbol to legitimize America's participation in a war not fully supported by all citizens. The saga of American soldiers killed in World War I and the efforts of the living to honor them is a neglected component of United States military history, and in this fascinating yet often macabre account, Lisa M. Budreau unpacks the politics and processes of the competing interest groups involved in the three core components of commemoration: repatriation, remembrance, and return. She also describes how relatives of the fallen made pilgrimages to French battlefields, attended largely by American Legionnaires and the Gold Star Mothers, a group formed by mothers of sons killed in World War I, which exists to this day. Throughout, and with sensitivity to issues of race and gender, Bodies of War emphasizes the inherent tensions in the politics of memorialization and explores how those interests often conflicted with the needs of veterans and relatives.

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