History, Memory, and Memorials - a View from America
In 2020, the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage will be acknowledged on both sides of the Atlantic. The ‘Pilgrim Fathers’ who travelled from Old England to New have long captured the attention of the American public, who saw the nation’s tenets of ‘freedom’ and ‘liberty’ in their journey. But the story, with its other realities of colonialism and the dispossession of native lands, remains controversial today. In this public lecture, Frank will reflect on the connections between history and remembrance in the context of the forthcoming centenary as well as other recent controversies in the USA – from Confederate monuments to the ‘1619’ slavery project.
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