Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Thesis: "A Memory Forgotten: Representation of Women and the Washington D.C. Arsenal Monument"

Melissa Sheets of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has written a thesis about the monument memorializing the women who died in the Washington Arsenal explosion. She concludes that the monument is sort of a medium between private grief, which was predominant during the war, and large, public, government sponsored memorial which took hold in the years following the war. She notes that 6 of the 20 victim's families opted to have their loved ones buried elsewhere. Still, the monument and the incident which prompted it are largely forgotten today.
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