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The Making of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park : A Devil, Two Rivers, and a Dream - Teresa S. Moyer

The Making of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

A Devil, Two Rivers, and a Dream

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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is most widely known today for the attempted slave revolt led by John Brown in 1859, the nucleus for the interpretation of the current national park. Here, Teresa S. Moyer and Paul A. Shackel tell the behind-the-scenes story of how this event was chosen and preserved for commemoration, providing lessons for federal, state, local, and non-profit organizations who continually struggle over the dilemma about which past to present to the public. Professional and non-professional audiences alike will benefit from their important insights into how federal agencies interpret the past, and in turn shape public memory.

1. Harpers Ferry and its place in history -- 2. Remembering Harpers Ferry -- 3. The local campaign for a national monument -- 4. Local residents and the National Park Service -- 5. Harper House and the women's clubs of West Virginia -- 6. John Brown : devil, hero, terrorist, and abolitionist -- 7. Civil War commemoration and preservation -- 8. Industry, archaeology, and a working-class history -- 9. Making African-American history prominent at Harpers Ferry -- 10. Time freezing : Harpers Ferry and its place in time -- 11. Lessons learned -- or not -- at Harpers Ferry.

ISBN: 9780759113725
ISBN-10: 0759113726
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 17th July 2013
Edition Number: 1