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Upon the Ruins of Liberty


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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

Roger C. Aden is 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.


Aden's is one of the best book-length case studies I have seen on contested sites like the president's house. --Ken Foote

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