ON THE LANDSCAPE:
UNEXPECTED PLACES THAT GET HISTORY RIGHT
on the Landscape will tell little-known
stories from our past that resonate importantly
with our national narrative. The book will also
celebrate people who have "gotten it right"
-- revised our landscape to recognize difficult
incidents in all their complexity. Examples
-- The Dakota War of 1862 in Minnesota, now
recognized as not just "the Indians'
Mankato and some other locations.
-- The Pioneer Monument in San Francisco, part
of which celebrates visually the destruction
of American Indians, has a new plaque telling
that they survived and still live in California.
-- The international slave trade, outlawed by
Congress in 1808, continued, and two sites in
America recognize this fact.
-- Americans have forgotten the important story
of the Christiana (PA) Riot of 1851, but Christiana
hasn't; an obelisk tells what happened there
in 1851. In 1998, Wilmington, NC, finally faced
up to what happened there a century
the riot and coup d'etat that ended the chance
for interracial harmony in the South for the
next six decades.
-- The Lowell (MA) mill (Natl. Park Service)
makes palpable (and audible!) the reality of
early industrial work.
your nominations of historical sites that get
it right to: Jim