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Public Memory, Race, and Heritage Tourism of Early America

ISBN 9780367609986
Published October 21, 2021 by Routledge
176 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book addresses the interconnected issues of public memory, race, and heritage tourism, exploring the ways in which historical tourism shapes collective understandings of America’s earliest engagements with race.

It includes contributions from a diverse group of humanities scholars, including early Americanists, and scholars from communication, English, museum studies, historic preservation, art and architecture, Native American studies, and history. Through eight chapters, the collection offers varied perspectives and original analyses of memory-making and re-making through travel to early American sites, bringing needed attention to the considerable role that tourism plays in producing—and possibly unsettling—racialized memories about America’s past. The book is an interdisciplinary effort that analyses lesser-known sites of historical and racial significance throughout North America and the Caribbean (up to about 1830) to unpack the relationship between leisure travel, processes of collective remembering or forgetting, and the connections of tourist sites to colonialism, slavery, genocide, and oppression.

Public Memory, Race, and Heritage Tourism of Early America provides a deconstruction of the touristic experience with racism, slavery, and the Indigenous experience in America that will appeal to students and academics in the social sciences and humanities.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


Introduction: New Directions for Research: Bringing Together Public Memory, Early America, and Tourism Studies
Shevaun E. Watson and Cathy Rex

Chapter 1. Revisiting the Gateway to Bondage: A Comparative Study of the Landscape Preservation and Touristic Interpretation at Sullivan’s Island with Ellis and Angel Islands
Barry L. Stiefel

Chapter 2. Remembrance and Mourning in the Native Mid-South: Florence Indian Mound Museum’s Past, Present, and Future
Matthew Duqués and Brian Murphy

Chapter 3. Remembering and Forgetting Plantation History in Jamaica: Rose Hall and Greenwood Great House
Cathy Rex

Chapter 4. At the Table or On the Menu at Indiana’s Feast of the Hunters’ Moon
Kathryn Florence

Chapter 5. Slavery in the Big Easy: Digital Interventions in the Tourist Landscape of New Orleans
Ella Howard

Chapter 6. Don’t Mess with (Anglo) Texas: Dominant Cultural Values in Heritage Sites of the Texas Revolution
Mark Ward Sr.

Chapter 7. Bulloch Hall and the Movement Toward a Well-Rounded Interpretation of Antebellum Life in Roswell, Georgia
Sara Harwood

Chapter 8. Rendezvous with History: Grand Portage National Monument and Minnesota’s North Shore
David A. Tschida

Afterword: Memory and Heritage in the "Era of Just Redemption"
Shevaun E. Watson


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Cathy Rex is a Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She specializes in early American literature and material culture. Her scholarship has appeared in many journals and edited collections; her monograph was published by Ashgate in 2015.  

Shevaun E. Watson is an Associate Professor of English and Director of Composition at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She specializes in rhetoric, composition, early American rhetoric, and public memory. She is working on a monograph about heritage tourism, race, and public memory in Charleston, S.C.