Museums, Monuments and Commemorations: How Nations Grapple with their Difficult Pasts
Robin Maria DeLugan, PhD (University of California, Merced)
In my book “Remembering Violence: How Nations Grapple with their Difficult Pasts” (2020), I explore how museums, monuments and commemorations in El Salvador, Spain, and the Dominican Republic are bringing new attention to 1930’s violence that is linked to 20th century dictatorship and authoritarianism. Because the violence was based on exclusions of race and ethnicity that still define the nations today, I argue that the focus on historical memory is an attempt to confront and also transform the meaning of national belonging. What lessons can we draw from these case studies that apply to the Central Valley, California, and the United States?