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The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery by Micki McElya (review)

The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery by Micki McElya (review) and the Wild West show of Frank James and Cole Younger, the brutal, nasty realities of border warfare, turned westward, became “a celebration of frontier American ass-kicking” (13). This last turn makes Hulbert’s book especially rewarding by bridg- ing two historiographical fields. By tracing the evolving presentations of border guerrilla warfare, Hulbert adds a necessary dimension to how we have recalled and reshaped our vision of the nation’s greatest tragedy, work most notably done by David Blight in Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory (2001). And by following the story’s mythic course into the West, he joins with other recent efforts to understand the war, its aftermath, and its role in a collective identity in truly continental terms. The Ghosts of Guerrilla Memory is, besides, well crafted, often amusing, and a pleasure to read. Elliott West elliott west, Alumni Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Arkansas, is the author of The Last Indian War: The Nez Perce Story (Oxford University Press, 2009). The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery. By Micki McElya. (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2016. Pp. 416. Cloth, $29.95.) Over 4 million people annually visit Arlington National http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery by Micki McElya (review)

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Abstract

and the Wild West show of Frank James and Cole Younger, the brutal, nasty realities of border warfare, turned westward, became “a celebration of frontier American ass-kicking” (13). This last turn makes Hulbert’s book especially rewarding by bridg- ing two historiographical fields. By tracing the evolving presentations of border guerrilla warfare, Hulbert adds a necessary dimension to how we have recalled and reshaped our vision of the nation’s greatest tragedy, work most notably done by David Blight in Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory (2001). And by following the story’s mythic course into the West, he joins with other recent efforts to understand the war, its aftermath, and its role in a collective identity in truly continental terms. The Ghosts of Guerrilla Memory is, besides, well crafted, often amusing, and a pleasure to read. Elliott West elliott west, Alumni Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Arkansas, is the author of The Last Indian War: The Nez Perce Story (Oxford University Press, 2009). The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery. By Micki McElya. (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2016. Pp. 416. Cloth, $29.95.) Over 4 million people annually visit Arlington National

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Oct 31, 2017

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