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Introductory Essays                                                      

      In What Ways Were We Warped?                                 

      Some Functions of Public History                                

      The Sociology Of Historic Sites                             

      Historic Sites Are Always a Tale of Two Eras                 

      Hieratic Scale in Historic Monuments                     

The Far West                                                  

      1.  Alaska  Denali (Mt. McKinley):  The Tallest Mountain — The Silliest Naming

      2.  Hawaii   Honolulu:  King Kamehameha I, The Roman

      3.  California   Sacramento:  The Flat Earth Myth on the West Coast

      4.  California   Sacramento:  Exploiting vs. Exterminating the Natives

      5. California   San Francisco:  China Beach Leaves Out The Bad Parts

      6.  California   Downieville:  Killing a Man is Not News            

      7.  Oregon   La Grande:  Don't "Discover" 'Til You See The Eyes of the Whites!

      8.  Washington   Cowlitz County:  No Communists Here!

      9.  Washington   Centralia:  Using Nationalism To Redefine A Troublesome Statue

      10. Nevada   Hickison Summit:  What We Know and What We Don't Know about Rock Art

      11.  Nevada   Nye County:  Don't Criticize Big Brother 

The Mountains        

      12.  Idaho   Almo:  Circle the Wagons, Boys — It's Tourist Season  

      13.  Utah   North of St. George:  Bad Things Happen in the Passive Voice  

      14.  Arizona   Navajo Reservation:  Calling Native Americans Bad Names

      15. Montana   Helena:  No Confederate Dead?  No Problem!  Invent Them!

      16. Wyoming   South Pass City:  A Woman Shoulda Done It!

      17. Colorado   Pagosa Springs:  Tall Tales in the West              

      18. Colorado   Leadville:  Licking The Corporate Hand That Feeds You

      19. New Mexico   Alcalde:  The Footloose Statue    

The Great Plains    

      20. Oklahoma   Oklahoma City:  The Oklahoma State History Museum Confederate Room Tells No History

      21. Kansas   Gardner:  Which Came First, Wilderness Or Civilization?

      22. Nebraska   Red Cloud:  No Lesbians on the Landscape 

      23. South Dakota   Brookings:  American Indians Only Roved for about a Hundred Years  

      24. North Dakota   Devils Lake:  The Devil is Winning, Six to One 

The Midwest

      25. Minnesota   St. Paul:  "Serving the Cause of Humanity"  

      26. Iowa   Muscatine:  Red Men Only — No Indians Allowed  

      27. Missouri   Hannibal:  Domesticating Mark Twain  

      28. Wisconsin   Racine:  Not the First Auto 

      29. Illinois   Chicago:  America's Most Toppled Monument  

      30. Indiana   Graysville:  Coming Into Indiana Minus a Body Part 

      31. Indiana   Indianapolis:  The Invisible Empire Remains Invisible 

      32. Kentucky:  Lexington:  Putting the He in Hero

      33. Kentucky   Hodgenville:  Abraham Lincoln's Birthplace Cabin — Built Thirty Years after His Death!

      34. Michigan   Dearborn:  Honoring a Segregationist   

      35. Ohio   Delaware:  Who Menaced Whom?

The South        

      36. Texas   Gainesville:  "No Nation Rose So White and Fair; None Fell So Free of Crime"

      37. Texas   Alba:  The Only Honest Sundown Town in the United States

      38. Texas   Pittsburg:  It Never Got Off the Ground 

      39. Texas    Fredericksburg:  The Real War Will Never Get into the War Museums

      40. Texas   Galveston:  This Building Used to Be a Hardware Store

      41. Arkansas   Little Rock:  Men Make History; Women Make Wives

      42. Louisiana  Laplace:  Suppressing a Slave Revolt for the Second Time

      43. Louisiana   Colfax:  Mystifying the Colfax Riot and Lying about Reconstruction

      44. Louisiana   New Orleans:  The White League Begins to Take a Beating

      45. Louisiana   Baton Rouge:  The Toppled "Darky" 

      46. Louisiana    Fort Jackson:  Let Us Now Praise Famous Thieves

      47. Mississippi   Itta Bena:  A Black College Celebrates White Racists

      48. Alabama  Calhoun County:  If Russia Can Do It, Why Can't We?

      49. Alabama   Tuscumbia:  Confining Helen Keller under House Arrest 

      50. Alabama   Scottsboro:  Famous Everywhere but at Home

      51. Tennessee   Remember Fort Pillow!

      52. Tennessee   Woodbury:  Forrest Rested Here

      53. Georgia   Stone Mountain:  A Confederate-KKK Shrine Encounters Turbulence

      54. Florida   Near Cedar Key:  The Missing Town of Rosewood

      55. South Carolina   Beech Island:  The Beech Island Agricultural Club Was Hardly What the Marker Implies

      56. South Carolina   Fort Mill:  To the Loyal Slaves

      57. South Carolina   Columbia:  Who Burned Columbia? 

      58. North Carolina   Bentonville Battlefield:  The Last Major Confederate Offensive of the Civil War 

      59. Virginia   Alexandria:  The Invisible Slave Trade 

      60. Virginia   Alexandria:  The Clash of the Martyrs  

      61. Virginia   Richmond:  "One of the Great Female Spies of All Times"

      62. Virginia   Richmond:  Slavery and Redemption  

      63. Virginia   Richmond:  The Liberation of Richmond 

      64. Virginia   Richmond:  Abraham Lincoln Walks through Richmond

      65. Virginia   Appomattox:  Getting Even the Numbers Wrong  

      66. Virginia   Stickleyville:  A Sign of Good Breeding   

The Atlantic States

      67. West Virginia   Union:  Is California West of the Alleghenies?  

      68. District of Columbia   Jefferson Memorial:  Juxtaposing Quotations to Misrepresent a Founding Father

      69. Maryland   Hampton:  "No History to Tell"

      70. Delaware   Reliance:  The Reverse Underground Railroad 

      71. Pennsylvania   Philadelphia:  Telling Amusing Incidents for the Tourists

      72. Pennsylvania   Valley Forge:  George Washington's Desperate Prayer

      73. Pennsylvania   Lancaster:  "You're Here to See the House"

      74. Pennsylvania   Gettysburg:  South Carolina Defines the Civil War in 1965

      75. Pennsylvania  Philadelphia:  Remember the "Splendid Little War" — Forget the Tawdry Larger Wars

      76. Pennsylvania   Philadelphia:  Celebrating Illegal Submarine Warfare

      77. New Jersey   Trenton:  The Pilgrims and Religious Freedom

      78. New York   Manhattan:  Making Native Americans Look Stupid

      79. New York   Alabama:  Which George Washington?

      80. New York   North Elba:  John Brown's Plaque Puts Blacks at the Bottom!

      81. New York   Manhattan:  The Union League Club:  Traitors to Their Own Cause

      82. New York   Manhattan:  Selective Memory at USS Intrepid

New England

      83. Connecticut   Darien:  Omitting the Town's Continuing Claim to Fame

      84. Massachusetts   Boston:  The Problem of the Common

      85. Massachusetts   Amherst:  Celebrating Genocide  

      86. Vermont   Burlington:  Shards of Minstrelsy on a Far-North Campus

      87. New Hampshire   Peterborough and Dublin:  Local History Wars    

      88. New Hampshire   Concord:  "Effective Political Leader" 

      89. Rhode Island   Block Island:  "Settlement" Means Fewer People! 

      90. Rhode Island   Warren and Barrington:  Fighting over the "Good Indian"

      91. Maine   Bar Harbor:  At Last — An Accurate Marker

Concluding Essays  

      Snowplow Revisionism

      Getting into a Dialogue with the Landscape 

Appendixes   

      Appendix A:  Selecting the Sites

      Appendix B:  Ten Questions To Ask at a Historic Site

      Appendix C:  Twenty Candidates for "Toppling" 

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