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The Resource In whose ruins : power, possession, and the landscapes of American empire, Alicia Puglionesi

In whose ruins : power, possession, and the landscapes of American empire, Alicia Puglionesi

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In whose ruins : power, possession, and the landscapes of American empire
Title
In whose ruins
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power, possession, and the landscapes of American empire
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Alicia Puglionesi
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eng
Summary
"In this examination of landscape and memory, four sites of American history are revealed as places where historical truth was written over by oppressive fiction--with profound repercussions for politics past and present. Popular narratives of American history conceal as much as they reveal. They present a national identity based on harvesting the treasures that lay in wait for European colonization. In Whose Ruins tells another story: winding through the US landscape, from Native American earthworks in West Virginia to the Manhattan Project in New Mexico, this history is a tour of sites that were mined for an empire's power. Showing the hidden costs of ruthless economic growth, particularly to Indigenous people and ways of understanding, this book illuminates the myth-making intimately tied to place. From the ground up, the project of settlement, expansion, and extraction became entwined with the spiritual values of those who hoped to gain from it. Every nation tells some stories and suppresses others, and In Whose Ruins illustrates the way American myths have been inscribed on the earth itself, overwriting Indigenous histories and binding us into an unsustainable future. In these pages, historian Alicia Puglionesi illuminates the story of the Grave Creek Stone, 'discovered' in an ancient Indigenous burial mound, and used to promote the theory that a lost white race predated Native people in North America--part of a wider effort to justify European conquest with alternative histories. When oil was discovered in the corner of western Pennsylvania soon known as Petrolia, prospectors framed that treasure, too, as a birthright passed to them, through Native guides, from a lost race. Puglionesi traces the fate of ancient petroglyphs that once adorned rock faces on the Susquehanna River, dynamited into pieces to make way for a hydroelectric dam. This act foreshadowed the flooding of Native lands around the country; over the course of the 20th century, almost every major river was dammed for economic purposes. And she explores the effects of the US nuclear program in the Southwest, which contaminated vast regions in the name of eternal wealth and security through atomic power. This promise rang hollow for the surrounding Native, Hispanic, and white communities that were harmed, and even for some scientists. It also inspired nationwide resistance, uniting diverse groups behind a different vision of the future--one not driven by greed and haunted by ruin. This deeply researched work of narrative history traces the roots of American fantasies and fears in a national tradition of selective forgetting. Connecting the power of myths with the extraction of power from the land itself reveals the truths that have been left out and is an invaluable torch in the search for a way forward"--
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Puglionesi, Alicia
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  • maps
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Literary form
non fiction
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  • United States
  • Historic sites
  • Memory
  • Myth
  • National characteristics, American
  • Mythe
  • HISTORY / North America
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural & Social
  • Historic sites
  • Historiography
  • Memory
  • National characteristics, American
  • United States
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In whose ruins : power, possession, and the landscapes of American empire, Alicia Puglionesi
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • still image
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Contents
Mutations of the country -- Part 1: Tongues from tombs. The myth of the Mound Builders ; Henry Rowe Schoolcraft strikes gold ; "As I am thinking... My land" ; Spirits released from human bondage -- Part 2: Harmonial wells. The Pithole at the end of the world ; Petrolia's spiritual awakening ; Ruinous prosperity ; God's gold ; Born in freedom -- Part 3: Power on the Susquehanna. Assets from the rock ; The deluge ; Lake Perfidy ; Rock flows -- Part 4: Trace elements. A tale which must never be told ; Collecting Los Alamos ; "And the other face was terrible" ; "Only justice can stop a curse" ; Our energized age -- To bear away the treasure
Control code
1292925057
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Extent
viii, 354 pages
Isbn
9781982116750
Lccn
2021055729
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
WorldCat record variable field(s) change: 520
Other control number
40031214332
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1292925057
Label
In whose ruins : power, possession, and the landscapes of American empire, Alicia Puglionesi
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Mutations of the country -- Part 1: Tongues from tombs. The myth of the Mound Builders ; Henry Rowe Schoolcraft strikes gold ; "As I am thinking... My land" ; Spirits released from human bondage -- Part 2: Harmonial wells. The Pithole at the end of the world ; Petrolia's spiritual awakening ; Ruinous prosperity ; God's gold ; Born in freedom -- Part 3: Power on the Susquehanna. Assets from the rock ; The deluge ; Lake Perfidy ; Rock flows -- Part 4: Trace elements. A tale which must never be told ; Collecting Los Alamos ; "And the other face was terrible" ; "Only justice can stop a curse" ; Our energized age -- To bear away the treasure
Control code
1292925057
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Extent
viii, 354 pages
Isbn
9781982116750
Lccn
2021055729
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
WorldCat record variable field(s) change: 520
Other control number
40031214332
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1292925057

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