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The Vietnam War in American memory : veterans, memorials, and the politics of healing, Patrick Hagopian

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The Vietnam War in American memory : veterans, memorials, and the politics of healing
Title
The Vietnam War in American memory
Title remainder
veterans, memorials, and the politics of healing
Statement of responsibility
Patrick Hagopian
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"A study of American attempts to come to terms with the legacy of the Vietnam War, this book highlights the central role played by Vietnam veterans in shaping public memory of the war. Tracing the evolution of the image of the Vietnam veteran from alienated dissenter to traumatized victim to noble warrior, Patrick Hagopian describes how efforts to commemorate the war increasingly downplayed the political divisions it spawned in favor of a more unifying emphasis on honoring veterans and promoting national 'healing.' Veterans themselves contributed to this process by mobilizing in the early 1980s to create a national memorial dedicated to all Americans who fought and died in Southeast Asia. At the same time, President Ronald Reagan, after failing to convince the public that the war was a 'noble cause,' seized upon the idea of 'healing' as a way of reaffirming the value of military service and, by extension, countering the effects of the so-called Vietnam syndrome - the widespread fear that any assertive foreign policy initiative might result in 'another Vietnam.' It was with this aim in view, Hagopian reveals, that the Reagan administration worked quietly behind the scenes to ensure that the Vietnam Veterans Memorial would be completed, despite strong conservative opposition to Maya Lin's bold design" -- from book jacket
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Hagopian, Patrick
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
DS559.73.U6
LC item number
H34 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Culture, politics, and the cold war.
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  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Veterans
  • Veterans
  • Memory
  • War memorials
  • Mental healing
  • Mental healing
  • Public opinion
Label
The Vietnam War in American memory : veterans, memorials, and the politics of healing, Patrick Hagopian
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Never again: the Vietnam syndrome in American foreign policy -- Something rather dark and bloody: atrocities, post-traumatic stress disorder, and the pathologization of Vietnam veterans -- The discourse of healing and the black gash of shame: the design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial -- A dangerous political issue: the war about memory in 1982 -- Home to America's heart: the national salute to Vietnam veterans -- In unity and with resolve: the statue, the flag, and political speech at the Memorial -- No shame or stigma: the Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program -- A confrontation between faiths: the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial -- Today, we are one people: the family drama of race and gender in commemorative statuary of the Vietnam War -- Our offspring: children in Vietnam veterans memorials -- The wall is for all of us: patterns of public response to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial -- Conclusion: A statute of limitations: what healing from the war might mean
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xv, 553 p.
Isbn
9781558496934
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
20080539 28
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)229308857
  • (OCoLC)229308857
Label
The Vietnam War in American memory : veterans, memorials, and the politics of healing, Patrick Hagopian
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Never again: the Vietnam syndrome in American foreign policy -- Something rather dark and bloody: atrocities, post-traumatic stress disorder, and the pathologization of Vietnam veterans -- The discourse of healing and the black gash of shame: the design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial -- A dangerous political issue: the war about memory in 1982 -- Home to America's heart: the national salute to Vietnam veterans -- In unity and with resolve: the statue, the flag, and political speech at the Memorial -- No shame or stigma: the Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program -- A confrontation between faiths: the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial -- Today, we are one people: the family drama of race and gender in commemorative statuary of the Vietnam War -- Our offspring: children in Vietnam veterans memorials -- The wall is for all of us: patterns of public response to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial -- Conclusion: A statute of limitations: what healing from the war might mean
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xv, 553 p.
Isbn
9781558496934
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
20080539 28
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)229308857
  • (OCoLC)229308857

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