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Memorials to Shattered Myths: Vietnam to 9/11

Harriet F. Senie


Although radically different, the Vietnam War, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Columbine High School shootings, and the attacks of 9/11 all shattered myths of national identity. Vietnam was a war the United States didn’t win, on the ground in Asia or politically at home; Oklahoma City revealed domestic terrorism in the heartland; Columbine debunked legends of high school as an idyllic time; and 9/11 demonstrated U.S. vulnerability to international terrorism. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was created with the intention of separating the victims from the war that caused their death. This focus on ... More

Keywords: Columbine Memorial, September 11 Memorial, September 11 Museum, Oklahoma City Memorial, Oklahoma City Museum, Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190248390
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190248390.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harriet F. Senie, author
Professor of Contemporary American Art, The Graduate Center, City University of New York