Civil Rights Memorials and the Geography of Memory
by Derek H. Alderman; Owen J. Dwyer; Center for American Places Staff (Contribution by)
Call Number: E185.61 .D985 2008
Publication Date: 2008
"The creation of memorials dedicated to the Civil Right Movement is a watershed event in the commemoration of Southern and American history, an important reversal in the traditional invisibility of African American within the historic preservation movement. As the authors suggest, collective memory is certainly concerned with respecting the past. But collective memory is also associated with the ongoing campaign for civil rights and the economic challenges presented by heritage tourism." "Owen Dwyer and Derek Alderman examine civil rights memorials as cultural landscapes, offering the first book-length critical reading of the monuments, museums, parts, streets, and sites dedicated to the African-American struggle for civil rights and interpreting them is the context of the Movement's broader history and its current scene. In paying close attention to which stories, people, and places are remembered and which are forgotten, the authors present an engaging account of an unforgettable story."-
Burying the Dead but Not the Past
by Caroline E. Janney
Call Number: E483.99.L33 J36 2008
Publication Date: 2008
Contents: Patriotic ladies of the South: Virginia women in the Confederacy -- A fitting work: The origins of Virginia's Ladies Memorial Associations, 1865-1866 -- The influence and zeal of woman: Ladies' Memorial Associations during radical reconstruction, 1867-1870 -- A rather hardheaded set : Challenges for the Ladies' Memorial Associations, 1870-1883 -- The old spirit is not dying out: The Memorial Associations' Renaissance, 1883-1893 -- Lest we forget: United Daughters and Confederated Ladies, 1894-1915 -- Epilogue: a mixed legacy.
The Fate of Texas
by Charles D. Grear (Editor)
Call Number: E580 .F37 2008
Publication Date: 2008
See especially the chapter: "Causes lost but not forgotten: George Washington Littlefield, Jefferson Davis, and Confederate memories at the University of Texas at Austin" by Alexander Mendoza, former UT Tyler professor.
by Kelly McMichael
Call Number: E580.4.T4 M366 2009
Publication Date: 2009
Sacred Memories takes the reader on a tour of Civil War monuments throughout Texas, and in doing so tells the story of each monument and its creation
The 1910 Slocum Massacre
by E. R. Bills
Call Number: F394.S59 B55 2014
Publication Date: 2014-05-13
In late July 1910, a shocking number of African Americans in Texas were slaughtered by white mobs in the Slocum area of Anderson County and the Percilla-Augusta region of neighboring Houston County. The number of dead surpassed the casualties of the Rosewood Massacre in Florida and rivaled those of the Tulsa Riots in Oklahoma, but the incident—one of the largest mass murders of blacks in American history—is now largely forgotten. Investigate the facts behind this harrowing act of genocide in E.R. Bills’s compelling inquiry into the Slocum Massacre.
Commemoration in America
by David Gobel (Editor); Daves Rossell (Editor)
Call Number: Not in UT Tyler Library--ask for on interlibrary loan
Publication Date: 2013
Addressing the complex ways that monuments in the United States have been imagined, created, and perceived from the colonial period to the present, Commemoration in America is a wide-ranging volume that focuses on the role of remembrance and memorialization in American urban life.... In addition to the making of traditional monuments, the essays explore such commemorative acts as building preservation, biography, portraiture, ritual performance, street naming, and the planting of trees.
"This is a one-of-a-kind examination of sites all over the country where history is literally written on the landscape, including historical markers, monuments, historic houses, forts, and ships."
Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America
by Erika Doss
Call Number: E159 .D67 2010
Publication Date: 2010
"In the past few decades, thousands of new memorials to executed witches, victims of terrorism, and dead astronauts, along with those that pay tribute to civil rights, organ donors, and the end of Communism have dotted the American landscape. Equally ubiquitous, though until now less the subject of serious inquiry, are temporary memorials: spontaneous offerings of flowers and candles that materialize at sites of tragic and traumatic death. In Memorial Mania, Erika Doss argues that these memorials underscore our obsession with issues of memory and history, and the urgent desire to express—and claim—those issues in visibly public contexts.
Doss shows how this desire to memorialize the past disposes itself to individual anniversaries and personal grievances, to stories of tragedy and trauma, and to the social and political agendas of diverse numbers of Americans. By offering a framework for understanding these sites, Doss engages the larger issues behind our culture of commemoration. Driven by heated struggles over identity and the politics of representation, Memorial Mania is a testament to the fevered pitch of public feelings in America today."
Websites for Historic Parks, Monuments, and Markers
Historic places create connections to our heritage that help us understand our past, appreciate our triumphs, and learn from our mistakes. Historic places help define and distinguish our communities by building a strong sense of identity. To ensure that their stories remain a part of our lives today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation protects and promotes historic places, including a diverse collection of 27 sites. When you visit a historic site, you learn from their stories and help keep history alive.
More than 16,00 people, events and places have been commemorated in Texas with markers. You can look for something specific or sort by county, look for state or National Register properties or historic cemeteries. The entry for the Slocum Massacre monument is there, but the text of the marker isn't yet.
Article from Social Studies, March/April 2013, vol. 104, issue 2, p. 77-86. You'll need to log in with your patriots credentials if off campus. "Offers teachers a rationale, resources, and suggested activities for incorporating these historical monuments into classroom instruction."
"The exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II featuring the refurbished B-29 Enola Gay proposed by the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum resulted in fierce controversy over how history should represent dropping an atom bomb on Japan. Experience the evolution of the Enola Gay controversy by reading through a chronological list of documents."
Published in the journal Cultural Resource Management, by the National Parks Service, in 2002, after the Dept. of Interior 1999 appropriations bill urged the Parks service to “encourage Civil War battle sites to recognize and include in all of their public displays and multi-media educational presentations the unique role that the institution of slavery played in causing the Civil War and its role, if any, at the individual battle sites.”
The Historical Marker Program commemorates diverse topics from the history and architecture of houses, commercial and public buildings, religious congregations, and events that changed the course of local history, to individuals who have made lasting contributions to our city, community organizations, businesses, military sites, and many more. Subject Markers provide education through revealing the community’s historical background. They are placed on the site associated with the historical significance outline on the marker. The markers serve a vital part of Tyler’s heritage by conveying stories of local, regional, state and national history. A local subject marker can be proposed for any topic which does not have an existing state or national subject marker.