By Lisa M. Budreau
The usa misplaced hundreds of thousands of troops in the course of international warfare I, and the govt gave next-of-kin a call approximately what to do with their fallen family: send them domestic for burial or go away them completely in Europe, in makeshift graves that may be ultimately remodeled into cemeteries in France, Belgium, and England. international battle I marked the 1st warfare within which the us govt and army took complete accountability for the identity, burial, and memorialization of these killed in conflict, and therefore, the method of burying and remembering the lifeless turned intensely political. the govt. and armed forces tried to create a patriotic consensus at the ancient reminiscence of worldwide struggle I within which warfare useless weren't merely commemorated yet used as an emblem to legitimize America’s participation in a battle no longer totally supported by way of all citizens.
The saga of yankee squaddies killed in global conflict I and the efforts of the residing to honor them is a missed part of usa army heritage, and during this interesting but frequently macabre account, Lisa M. Budreau unpacks the politics and techniques of the competing curiosity teams inquisitive about the 3 middle parts of commemoration: repatriation, remembrance, and go back. She additionally describes how relations of the fallen made pilgrimages to French battlefields, attended mostly through American Legionnaires and the Gold big name moms, a gaggle shaped by means of moms of sons killed in international warfare I, which exists to at the present time. all through, and with sensitivity to problems with race and gender, Bodies of War emphasizes the inherent tensions within the politics of memorialization and explores how these pursuits frequently conflicted with the desires of veterans and relatives.
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Bodies of War: World War I and the Politics of Commemoration in America, 1919-1933 by Lisa M. Budreau