Abstract

In 2001, the Boston Globe reported that Joseph Ellis, an award-winning presidential biographer and professor of history, had lied to students and reporters about having served in the Vietnam War. This essay presents the Ellis scandal as an example of how traumatic events serve as vehicles for national affiliation, and of how the concept of trauma misrepresents our relationship to history.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1456
Print ISSN
0162-4962
Pages
pp. 605-614
Launched on MUSE
2007-02-05
Open Access
No
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