Landscape of Collective Memory: The Confederate Memorial State Historic Site, Higginsville, MO
Hisle-Chaudri, Stacy D.
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Americans have been forming a collective memory since the United States was founded. It was not until after the American Civil War, however, that memorialization and commemoration occurred on a large scale. In the period following the war, America went through a transition in which the way of life was completely changed. It was in this period of change that Americans began to actively participate in memorializing activities in order to cope with the considerable loss of life from the war. The goal of this work is to examine the various viewpoints that comprise the public memory of the Civil War and to explain how the formation of the Confederate Veterans Home in Higginsville, Missouri, fits into the larger process of the memorialization of the war.