A Bloodless Victory The Battle of New Orleans in History

A Bloodless Victory The Battle of New Orleans in History and Memory Once celebrated on par with the Fourth of July January 8th―the anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans―is no longer a day of reverence for most Americans Although the United States’ stunning 1815 defeat of the British army south of New Orleans gave rise to the presidency of Andrew Jackson the Democratic Party and the legend of Jean Laffite the battle has not been a national holiday since 1861Joseph F Stoltz III explores how generations of Americans have consciously revised reinterpreted and reexamined the memory of the conflict to fit the cultural and social needs of their time Combining archival research with deep analyses of music literature theatre and film across two centuries of American popular culture Stoltz highlights the myriad ways that politicians artists academics and ordinary people have rewritten the battle’s history While these efforts could be nefarious―or driven by political necessity or racial animus―far often they were simply part of each generations’ expression of values and world viewFrom Andrew Jackson’s presidential campaign to the occupation of New Orleans by the Union Army to the Jim Crow era the continuing reinterpretations of the battle alienated whole segments of the American population from its memorialization Thus a close look at the Battle of New Orleans offers an opportunity to explore not just how events are collectively remembered across generations but also how a society discards memorialization efforts it no longer finds necessary or palatable An excellent examination of how history is a living thing And a reminder that remembering is an act of creationGreat work Joe Excellent history of the Battle of New Orleans and overall commemoration over the past 200 years

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