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This list offers a brief sampling of memory-related titles within the sweep of United States history. We make no effort to separate them into more specific sub-fields, and no claim of thoroughness in any topic. Moreover, the rich literature on public history and preservation is admittedly under-represented. We find many of these to be of great interest, and hope to encourage a broader reading in American memory studies.
As always, we would be happy to receive recommendations to supplement the list.
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Alford, Suzanne M. “Student Display of Confederate Symbols in Public Schools.” School Law Bulletin 33 (Winter 2002): 1-7.
Baker, Bruce E. What Reconstruction Meant: Historical Memory in the American South. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2007.
Bellafaire, Judith A. The Army Nurse Corps: A Commemoration of World War II Service. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Army Center of Military History, 1993.
Berlin, Ira. “American Slavery in History and Memory and the Search for Social Justice.” Journal of American History 90:4 (March 2004): 1251-1268.
Bethel, Elizabeth Rauh. The Roots of African-American Identity: Memory and History in Free Antebellum Communities. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1997.
Bleakney, Julia. Revisiting Vietnam: Memoirs, Memorials, Museums. New York: Routledge, 2006.
Blight, David W., ed. Passages to Freedom: The Underground Railroad in History and Memory. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Books, 2004.
Bodnar, John. Remaking America: Public Memory, Commemoration, and Patriotism in the Twentieth Century. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992.
Bodnar, John, ed. Bonds of Affection: Americans Define Their Patriotism. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996.
Boehm, Scott. “Privatizing Public Memory: The Price of Patriotic Philanthropy and the Post 9/11 Politics of Display.” American Quarterly 58 (December 2006): 1147-1166.
Bogart, Michele H. Public Sculpture and the Civic Ideal in New York City, 18901930. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989.
Brear, Holly Beachley. Inherit the Alamo: Myth and Ritual at an American Shrine. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1995.
Brundage, W. Fitzhugh. “White Women and the Politics of Historical Memory in the New South, 1880-1920.” In Jumpin’ Jim Crow: Race and Politics in the New South, eds. Glenda E. Gilmore, Jane Dailey, and Bryant Simon, #-#. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000.
Budreau, Lisa M. Bodies of War: World War I and the Politics of Commemoration in America, 1919-1933. New York: New York University Press, 2010.
Cantor, George. Historic Landmarks of Black America. Detroit: Gale Research, 1991.
Chidester, David and Edward T. Linenthal, eds. American Sacred Space. Bloomington: University of Indiana Press, 1995.
Dedman, James M., IV. “At Daggers Drawn: The Confederate Battle Flag and the School Classroom-A Case Study of a Broken First Amendment Formula.” Baylor Law Review 53 (Fall 2001): 877-927.
Des Jardins, Julie. Women and the Historical Enterprise in America: Gender, Race, and the Politics of Memory, 1880-1945. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003.
Doss, Erika. Memorial Mania: Public Feelings in America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.
Drago, Edmund and Ralph Melnick. “The Old Slave Mart Museum, Charleston, South Carolina: Rediscovering the Past.” Civil War History 27:2 (June 1981).
Fabian, Ann. The Unvarnished Truth: Personal Narratives in Nineteenth-Century America. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000.
Fabre, Genevieve and Robert O’Meally, eds. History and Memory in African-American Culture. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.
Flores, Richard R. Remembering the Alamo: Memory, Modernity, and the Master Symbol. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2002.
Foner, Philip S. “Black Participation in the Centennial of 1876.” Negro History Bulletin 39 (February 1976): 532-538.
French, Scot. The Rebellious Slave: Nat Turner in American Memory. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2004.
French, Stanley. “The Cemetery as Cultural Institution: The Establishment of Mount Auburn and the ‘Rural Cemetery’ Movement.” American Quarterly 26: 37-59.
Frisch, Michael. “American History and the Structures of Collective Memory: A Modern Exercise in Empirical Iconography.” Journal of American History 75 (March 1989): 1130-1155.
Gable, Eric, Richard Handler, and Anna Lawson. “On the Uses of Relativism: Fact, Conjecture, and White and Black Histories at Colonial Williamsburg.” American Ethnologist 98 (1996): 791-805.
Gara, Larry. “A Glorious Time: the 1874 Abolitionist Reunion in Chicago.” Illinois State Historical Society Journal 65: 280-292.
Glassberg, David. “History and the Public: Legacies of the Progressive Era.” Journal of American History 73 (March 1987): 957-980.
Glassberg, David. American Historical Pageantry: The Uses of Tradition in the Early Twentieth Century. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1990.
Glassberg, David. Sense of History: The Place of the Past in American Life. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2001.
Gravely, William B. “The Dialectic of Double-Consciousness in Black American Freedom Celebration, 1808-1963.” Journal of Negro History 67 (1982): 302-305.
Gregory, Stanford W., and Jerry M. Lewis. “Symbols of Collective Memory: The Social Process of Memorializing May 4, 1970, at Kent State University.” Symbolic Interaction 11 (1988): 213-233.
Griffin, Martin. Ashes of the Mind: War and Memory in Northern Literature, 1865-1900. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2009.
Greenberg, Kenneth S. Nat Turner: A Slave Rebellion in History and Memory. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
Hall, Jacquelyn Dowd. “The Long Civil Rights Movement and the Political Uses of the Past.” Journal of American History 91:4 (March 2005): 1233-1263.
Handler, Richard, and Eric Gable. The New History in an Old Museum: Creating the Past at Colonial Williamsburg. Durham: Duke University Press, 1997.
Henna, Stephen P. "A Slavery Museum?: Race, Memory, and Landscape in Fredericksburg, Virginia." Southern Geographer 48, No. 3 (2008): 316-337.
Hennessy, John. "The Park Service is Rethinking the Way it Tells Civil War Stories". National Parks 82, No. 3 (2008): 52.
Horton, James Oliver and Lois E. Horton. Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff of American Memory. New York: New Press/Norton, 2006.
Hyman, Jonathan. “The Public Face of 9/11: memory and Portraiture in the Landscape.” Journal of American History 94:1 (June 2007): 183-192.
Izumi, Masumi. “Prohibiting ‘American Concentration Camps’ Repeal of the Emergency Detention Act and the Public Historical Memory of the Japanese American Internment.” Pacific Historical Review 74 (May 2005): 165-193.
Janson, H. W. 19th-Century Sculpture. New York: Abrams, 1985.
Jeffrey, Julie Roy. Abolitionists Remember: Antislavery Autobiographies and the Unfinished Work of Emancipation. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2008.
Kammen, Michael. A Season of Youth: The American Revolution and the Historical Imagination. New York: Knopf, 1978.
Kammen, Michael. Selvages and Biases: The Fabric of History in American Culture. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1987.
Keene, Jennifer D. Doughboys, the Great War, and the Remaking of America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001.
Kidd, William and Brian Murdoch, eds. Memory and Memorials: The Commemorative Century. Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate, 2004.
Küchler, Susanne, and Walter Melion, eds. Images of Memory: On Remembering and Representation. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991.
Levinson, Sanford. Written in Stone: Public Monuments in Changing Societies. Durham: Duke University Press, 1998.
Levin, Amy K., ed. Defining Memory: Local Museums and the Construction of History in America’s Changing Communities. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007.
Lewis, Ear. “Connecting Memory, Self, and the Power of Place in African American Urban History.” Journal of Urban History 21 (March 1995): 347-371.
Lewis, Jan E., and Peter S. Onuf, eds. Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson: History, Memory, and Civic Culture. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1999.
Linenthal, Edward T. Preserving Memory: The Struggle to Create America’s Holocaust Museum. New York: Viking, 1995.
Linenthal, Edward T. Sacred Ground: Americans and Their Battlefields. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1993.
Linenthal, Edward T. “Struggling with History and Memory.” Journal of American History 82 (December, 1995): 1094-1101.
Linenthal, Edward T. The Unfinished Bombing: Oklahoma City in American Memory. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
Lipsitz, George. Time Passages: Collective Memory and American Popular Culture. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1990.
MacCloskey, Munro. Hallowed Ground: Our National Cemeteries. New York: Richard Rosen, 1968.
McPherson, Tara. Reconstructing Dixie: Race, Gender, and Nostalgia in the Imagined South. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2003.
Marling, Karal Ann. George Washington Slept Here: Colonial Revivals and American Culture, 1876-1986. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1988.
Minardi, Margot. Making Slavery History: Abolitionism and the Politics of Memory in Massachusetts. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
Morris, Richard. Sinners, Lovers, and Heroes: An Essay on Memorializing in Three American Cultures. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1997.
Murtagh, William J. Keeping Time: The History and Theory of Preservation in America. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1997.
Nash, Gary B. First City: Philadelphia and the Forging of Historical Memory. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002.
Neal, Arthur G. National Trauma and Collective Memory: Extraordinary Events in the American Experience. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 2005.
Nossiter, Adam. Of Long Memory: Mississippi and the Murder of Medgar Evers. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley, 1994.
Oostindie, Gert, ed. Facing Up to the Past: Perspectives on the Commemoration of Slavery from Africa, the Americas and Europe. Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle Publishers, 2001.
Osagie, Iyunolu Folayan. The Amistad Revolt: Memory, Slavery, and the Politics of Identity in the United States and Sierra Leone. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2000.
Pessen, Edward. The Log Cabin Myth. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1984.
Piehler, Kurt. Remembering War the American Way. Washington, D. C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995.
Reiss, Benjamin. The Showman and the Slave: Race, Death, and Memory in Barnum’s America. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2001.
Romano, Renee C., and Leigh Raiford, eds. The Civil Rights Movement in American Memory. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2006.
Rosenberg, Emily S. A Date Which Will Live: Pearl Harbor in American Memory. Durham: Duke University Press, 2003.
Rosenzweig, Roy, and David Thelen. The Presence of the Past: Popular Uses of History in American Life. New York: Columbia University Press, 1998.
Ross, Dorothy. “Historical Consciousness in Nineteenth-Century America.” American Historical Review 89 (October 1984): 909-928.
Rothman, Hal. Preserving Different Pasts: The American National Monuments. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1989.
Schudson, Michael. Watergate in American Memory: How We Remember, Forget, and Reconstruct the Past. New York: Basic Books, 1992.
Schwartz, Barry. “Social Change and Collective Memory: The Democratization of George Washington.” American Sociological Review 56 (1991): 221-236.
Sernett, Milton C. Harriet Tubman: Myth, Memory, and History. Durham: Duke University Press, 2007.
Sloane, David Charles. The Last Great Necessity: Cemeteries in American History. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991.
Smith, Rex Alan. Pacific Legacy: Image and Memory from World War II in the Pacific. New York: Abbeville Press, 2002.
Spillman, Lyn. Nation and Commemoration: Creating National Identities in the United States and Australia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Spindel, Donna J. “Assessing Memory: Twentieth Century Slave Narratives Reconsidered.” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 27 (Autumn 1996): 247-261.
Stabile, Susan M. Memory’s Daughters: The Material Culture of Remembrance in Eighteenth-Century America. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2004.
Stewart, James Brewer and William Lloyd Garrison. William Lloyd Garrison at Two Hundred: History, Legacy and Memory. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008.
Sturken, Marita. Tangled Memories: The Vietnam War, the AIDS Epidemic, and the Politics of Remembering. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.
Sweet, Leonard I. “The Fourth of July and Black Americans in the Nineteenth Century.” Journal of Negro History 61 (1976): 256-275.
Swidler, Arlene. “Catholics and the 1876 Centennial.” Catholic Historical Review 62: 349-365.
Tyrrell, Ian. “Public at the Creation: Place, Memory, and Historical Practice in the Mississippi Valley Historical Association, 1907-1950.” Journal of American History 94:1 (June 2007): 19-46.
Warren, Robert Penn. The Legacy of the Civil War. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1983.
Wilson, Keith, ed. Forging the Collective Memory: Government and International Historians Through Two World Wars. Providence: Berghahn Books, 1996.
York, Neil Longley. Fiction as Fact: The Horse Soldiers and Popular Memory. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2001.
Yuhl, Stephanie E. A Golden Haze of Memory: The Making of Historic Charleston. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005.