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Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict

King Returns to Washington

Explorations of Memory, Rhetoric, and Politics in the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

Authors: Walker, Jefferson

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Exploring the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial (King Memorial) in Washington, DC through a multi-faceted rhetorical analysis of the site's visual and textual components, Jefferson Walker reveals multiple critical, popular, privileged, and vernacular interpretations of the site and Dr. Martin Luther King's memory. Walker argues that the King Memorial and its related texts help to universalize and institutionalize King's ethos - creating a contentious rhetorical battleground where various people and organizations contest the "ownership" and use of King's memory. Walker uses these analyses to uncover how the site contributes to the public memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Jefferson Walker is Assistant Professor of Communication at Louisiana Tech University, USA. His research and teaching interests are in public memory, political communication, and the rhetoric of social movements. His work has been published in Alabama Review and the Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric. He earned his PhD in Communication and Information Sciences from the University of Alabama, USA.

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“King Returns to Washington, Jefferson Walker brings new energy and a fresh perspective to both the disciplinary study of the rhetoric of public memory and the broader study of the legacy of the civil rights era. King Returns to Washington offers a compact yet detailed account of the 27-year-long process from inception to dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 2011.” (Jennifer Biedendorf, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Vol. 21 (4), 2018)


Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-13

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  • “Building the Dream”: The Making of the King Memorial

    Pages 14-33

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  • The Rhetorical Form and Force of the King Memorial

    Pages 34-58

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  • Interpretation, Politicization, and Institutionalization: A Rhetorical Analysis of the King Memorial’s Dedication Ceremony

    Pages 59-78

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  • Conclusion

    Pages 79-92

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
King Returns to Washington
Book Subtitle
Explorations of Memory, Rhetoric, and Politics in the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58914-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137589149
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59033-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 95
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