Bodies Of War: "world War I And The Politics Of Commemoration In America, 1919-1933" by Lisa M. BudreauBodies Of War: "world War I And The Politics Of Commemoration In America, 1919-1933" by Lisa M. Budreau

Bodies Of War: "world War I And The Politics Of Commemoration In America, 1919-1933"

byLisa M. Budreau

Paperback | November 1, 2011

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World War I marked the first war in which the United States government and military took full responsibility for the identification, burial, and memorialization of those killed in battle, and as a result, the process of burying and remembering the dead became intensely political. This saga and the efforts of the living to honor them is a neglected component of United States military history, and in this fascinating yet often macabre account, Lisa M. Budreau unpacks the politics and processes of the competing interest groups involved in the three core components of commemoration: repatriation, remembrance, and return. She also describes how relatives of the fallen made pilgrimages to French battlefields, attended largely by American Legionnaires and the Gold Star Mothers, a group formed by mothers of sons killed in World War I, which exists to this day. Throughout, and with sensitivity to issues of race and gender, Bodies of War emphasizes the inherent tensions in the politics of memorialization and explores how those interests often conflicted with the needs of veterans and relatives.
Title:Bodies Of War: "world War I And The Politics Of Commemoration In America, 1919-1933"Format:PaperbackDimensions:335 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:November 1, 2011Publisher:NYU PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:081472518X

ISBN - 13:9780814725184

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"Budreau's acount of the American way of remembrance uncovers a neglected chapter in the disputatious political history of the 1920s. Examining dozens of archival collections, both public and private, she ahs recovered the voices of mothers and other relatives of the dead. Bodies of War is a thoughtful, sometimes poignant contribution to our understanding of America's Great War experience."-Robert H. Zieger,The Journal of American History