Kirk Savage

Professor of Architecture and Art History, University of Pittsburgh

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Professor of Architecture and Art History at the University of Pittsburgh; author of Monument Wars: Washington, DC, the National Mall, and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape and Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves: Race, War, and Monument in Nineteenth-Century America

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Since antiquity, fallen soldiers have been memorialized with statues, tombs poems and songs — and, now, with websites. Ruling governments build public monuments to commemorate wars.

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Since antiquity, fallen soldiers have been memorialized with statues, tombs poems and songs — and, now, with websites. Ruling governments build public monuments to commemorate wars.

On Memorial Day: The Politics of Remembering

Since antiquity, fallen soldiers have been memorialized with statues, tombs poems and songs — and, now, with websites. Ruling governments build public monuments to commemorate wars.

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