search for books and compare prices
cover image
Here, George Washington Was Born: Memory, Material Culture, and the Public History of a National Monument
Price
Store
Arrives
Preparing
Shipping
The price is the lowest for any condition, which may be new or used; other conditions may also be available. Rental copies must be returned at the end of the designated period, and may involve a deposit.
Jump down to see edition details for: Hardcover | Paperback
Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of Georgia Pr
Publication date November 15, 2008
Pages 260
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780820331782
ISBN-10 0820331783
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 0.82 lbs.
Original list price $29.95
Other format details university press
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description:

In Here, George Washington Was Born, Seth C. Bruggeman examines the history of commemoration in the United States by focusing on the George Washington Birthplace National Monument in Virginia's Northern Neck, where contests of public memory have unfolded with particular vigor for nearly eighty years.

Washington left the birthplace with his family at a young age and rarely returned. The house burned in 1779 and would likely have passed from memory but for George Washington Parke Custis, who erected a stone marker on the site in 1815, creating the first birthplace monument in America. Both Virginia and the U.S. War Department later commemorated the site, but neither matched the work of a Virginia ladies association that in 1923 resolved to build a replica of the home. The National Park Service permitted construction of the "replica house" until a shocking archeological discovery sparked protracted battles between the two organizations over the building's appearance, purpose, and claims to historical authenticity.

Bruggeman sifts through years of correspondence, superintendent logs, and other park records to reconstruct delicate negotiations of power among a host of often unexpected claimants on Washington's memory. By paying close attention to costumes, furnishings, and other material culture, he reveals the centrality of race and gender in the construction of Washington's public memory and reminds us that national parks have not always welcomed all Americans. What's more, Bruggeman offers the story of Washington's birthplace as a cautionary tale about the perils and possibilities of public history by asking why we care about famous birthplaces at all.



Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780820331775
 
from Univ of Georgia Pr (November 15, 2008)
9780820331775 | details & prices | 260 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.10 lbs | List price $74.95
About: In Here, George Washington Was Born, Seth C.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780820331782
 
The price comparison is for this edition
from Univ of Georgia Pr (November 15, 2008)
9780820331782 | details & prices | 260 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.82 lbs | List price $29.95
About: In Here, George Washington Was Born, Seth C.

Pricing is shown for items sent to or within the U.S., excluding shipping and tax. Please consult the store to determine exact fees. No warranties are made express or implied about the accuracy, timeliness, merit, or value of the information provided. Information subject to change without notice. isbn.nu is not a bookseller, just an information source.