Upon the Ruins of Liberty

Slavery, the President's House at Independence National Historical Park, and Public Memory

Roger C. Aden
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PB: $19.95
EAN: 978-1-4399-1200-3
Publication: Feb 17

HC: $74.50
EAN: 978-1-4399-1199-0
Publication: Dec 14

Ebook: $19.95
EAN: 978-1-4399-1201-0
Publication: Dec 14

264 pages
6 x 9
3 tables, 5 line drawings, 6 halftones, 1 maps

A behind-the-scenes look at the development of the memorial to slavery in Independence Mall

Read the Preface and Chapter 1 (pdf).

Table of Contents


  1. Discovering the Truth: The Revelation of Ugly History
  2. Re-collecting the Past: The Complexity of Public Memory
  3. Displacing the Inconvenient: The Incomplete Story of Liberty
  4. Honoring the Ancestors: The Quest for Acknowledgment
  5. Shaping the Place: The Design Competition
  6. Revealing the Foundations: The Excavation of the Site
  7. Telling the Stories: The Opening of the Installation
  8. Continuing the Conversation: The Legacy of the President’s House

About the Author(s)

Roger C. Aden is a Professor in the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University. He is the author of Popular Stories and Promised Lands: Fan Cultures and Symbolic Pilgrimages and Huskerville: A Story of Nebraska Football, Fans, and the Power of Place.