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Navigating Space and Feeling at The Flight 93 National Memorial: A History of the Memorial, Its Role in Somerset County, and Its Significance in the National and Local Narratives of September 11.

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dc.contributor.advisor Gerstein, Linda
dc.contributor.advisor Krippner, James
dc.contributor.author Forse, James Theodore
dc.date.accessioned 2019-03-18T14:11:20Z
dc.date.available 2019-03-18T14:11:20Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10066/20589
dc.description.abstract This thesis analyzes the cultural memory, historical narrative, and political meaning of the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County. It examines the memorial’s creation, its relationship to the local community, and the legacy of Flight 93 imbued in local and national narratives surrounding 9/11. To address this complex history, a variety of primary sources have been evaluated, including minutes of the Flight 93 Advisory Committee meetings, publications of the Daily American (the local Somerset County newspaper), photos of the site, and a range of historiographical texts dealing with commemoration, cultural memory, and American memorialization. Secondary sources include Peter Novick’s discussions on the politicization of history and Kirk Savage’s thorough examinations of American monuments, which provide a framework to understand the Flight 93 site in terms of the politicized construction of historical memory. This thesis will explore how the legacy of Flight 93 became redefined in terms of the Bush Administration’s war on terror and military operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. This thesis demonstrates that, through its many physical aspects and presentation of history both in narration and visualization, the Flight 93 National Memorial embodies a unique, patriotic commemoration of an indisputably tragic event. This commemoration relates the site to Somerset County, and also connects it to both the local and national narratives and politics surrounding 9/11 by creating a unique site of pilgrimage to pay homage and respect to the history of Flight 93.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of History
dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
dc.title Navigating Space and Feeling at The Flight 93 National Memorial: A History of the Memorial, Its Role in Somerset County, and Its Significance in the National and Local Narratives of September 11.
dc.type Thesis
dc.rights.access Open Access


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