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introduction 1. Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five, or the Children’s Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death (New York: Delacorte, 1969). Vonnegut could not even be sure of how to title his novel of remembrance. 2. Candace Volker and Patchem Markall, “Introduction: Violence, Redemption, and the Liberal Imagination,” Public Culture 15 (1): 1–10; Nancy Rosenblum, introduction to Liberalism and the Moral Life (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1989), 5–7; Liah Greenfield, Nationalism: Five Roads to Modernity (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1989), 400–402. 3. Kendall R. Phillips, introduction to Framing Public Memory (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2004), 3–9; Victor Turner, Dramas, Fields, and Metaphors (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1974), 30–45; Richard Schechner, Performance Theory (New York: Routledge, 2003), xviii–xix, 186–87. 4. On the cultural celebration of the American victory and the “heroic individual,” see Philip D. Beidler, The Good War’s Greatest Hits: World War II and American Remembering (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1998), 90–92; Thomas Englehardt, The End of Victory Culture (New York: Basic Books, 1995); Richard Slotkin, Gunfighter Nation: The Myth of the Frontier in the Twentieth Century (New York: Harper, 1992), 6. On public memory’s importance to the sense of citizen attachment to the nation, see Carole Blair, Greg Dickson, and Brian Ott, “Rhetoric/Memory/Place,” in Memory Places: The Rhetoric of Museum and Memorials , ed. Blair, Dickson, and Ott (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, forthcoming). 5. Jenny Edkins, Trauma and the Memory of Politics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), 10–19; Jay Winter, Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995), 1–6. Amy Kaplan, “Violent Belongings and the Question of Empire Today,” American Quarterly 56 (March 2004): 1–18. 6. Drafts of Luce’s unpublished book are located in box 83, folder 1, Henry Luce Papers , Library of Congress. A copy of his American Century essay can be found in The Ideas of Henry Luce, edited with an introduction by John K. Jessup (New York: Atheneum, 1969), 105–20. Notes 7. Norman Cousins, Modern Man Is Obsolete (New York: Viking Press, 1945), 10–20; Reinhold Niebuhr, The Irony of American History (New York: Scribner’s, 1952), 4–5, 19, 38. Niebuhr refers to a sense of innocence in the “o;cial myth and collective memory” of the United States and other nations. Kevin Matson, When America Was Great: The Fighting Faith of Postwar Liberalism (New York: Routledge, 2004), 15–18. Luce did express recognition of the evil potential in human nature, but he used this idea to support continued military strength for the United States, which was apparently immune from this disease. See his speech “The Human Situation,” box 72, folder 3, Luce Papers. On American identity, see also Rogers M. Smith, Civic Ideals: Conflicting Visions of Citizenship in U.S. History (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1997), 1–5; Gary Gerstle, American Crucible: Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2001), 5. See Louis Hartz, The Liberal Tradition in America (New York: Harcourt, 1955) on the centrality of liberal individualism in American nationalism; Omer Bartov, Mirrors of Destruction: War, Genocide, and Modern Identity (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000), 16–17. 8. Slotkin, Gunfighter Nation, 91. 9. Studs Terkel, “The Good War”: An Oral History of World War II (New York: New Press, 1984), 3–16; Paul Fussell, The Great War in Modern Memory (New York: Oxford University Press, 1975) and Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989). See the discussion on witnessing in Jay Winter , Remembering War: The Great War between Memory and History in the Twentieth Century (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2006), 240–45. For an insightful discussion of the relationship between memory and accountability as a means to sustain claims of justice in the present, see W. James Booth, Communities of Memory: On Witness, Identity, and Justice (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2006), 39–70. On the failure of traditional views to fully console people in Europe after World War I, see Susan Kingsley Kent, “Remembering the Great War,” Journal of British Studies 37 (January 1998): 105–10. For an insightful discussion of the persistence of “traditionalism” in American cultural memory as a way to express nostalgia for a dream of individualism and self-reliance, see Michael Kammen, Mystic Chords of Memory: The Transformation of Tradition in American Culture (New...


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