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Battling for Manassas : the fifty-year preservation struggle at Manassas National Battlefield Park /
Joan M. Zenzen.
University Park, PA : Pennsylvania State University Press, 1998.
xxii, 257 p. : ill.
027101721X (alk. paper)
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University Park, PA : Pennsylvania State University Press, 1998.
027101721X (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1998-11:
Zenzen's work is a detailed narrative of the efforts to preserve a battlefield site just 30 miles southwest of Washington, DC, where two major Civil War encounters took place in 1861 and 1862. The book's foreword, by Edwin C. Bearss, historian emeritus of the National Park Service, deftly summarizes the nine military and political "battles" that occurred over a span of 130 years. The integrity of the landscape became an issue after WW II with the hegemony of the automobile and population pressures. Zenzen traces the history of the site from the first efforts at commemoration, just weeks after first Manassas, through its acquisition by the National Park Service in 1940, to the more recent conflicts with developers. Battling for Manassas depicts the 1973 confrontation with the Marriott Corporation, the 1988 proposal for William Center Mall, and recently the famous 1993-94 battle with the Disney Corporation. Although this book is very competent administrative history, it does not examine the deeper motives for battlefield preservation. Complements Diane Barthel's Historic Preservation (CH, Apr'97) and Edward Tabor Linenthal's Sacred Ground (1991). All levels. S. L. Recken; University of Arkansas at Little Rock
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Table of Contents
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
Early Preservation Effortsp. 1
Establishing a Parkp. 13
Settling Inp. 25
Park Additionsp. 37
Reenacting the Pastp. 52
Changing of the Guardp. 72
Great America in Manassasp. 85
Expanding the Boundariesp. 99
Seeking Partnershipsp. 117
Stonewalling the Mallp. 132
More Battles The Horse and the Mousep. 162
Appendixesp. 185
Notesp. 215
Bibliographyp. 245
Indexp. 251
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