A review of the changing representation of the historical figure Padre Eusebio Kino over the course of the twentieth and into the twenty-first centuries illustrates the way public memory is reshaped in the search for a usable past. The study calls for considering this tendency of public memory in constructing more complex transnational histories.
The Pageant of Father Kino: From History to Public Memory and The Making of Usable Pasts
Alessandra Lorini completed the PhD at Columbia University and taught North American history and History of Inter-American Relations at the University of Florence, Italy, for three decades. She has published extensively, most notably, Rituals of Race: American Public Culture and the Search for Racial Democracy (Virginia University Press, 1999), Ai confini della libertà: saggi di Storia americana [At the Borders of Freedom: Essays on American History] (Donzelli, 2001), L’impero della Libertà e l’isola strategica. Gli Stati Uniti e Cuba tra Otto e Novecento [The Empire of Freedom and the Strategic Island: The United States and Cuba in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries] (Firenze University Press, 2005). She is presently working on a book on Father Kino.
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Alessandra Lorini; The Pageant of Father Kino: From History to Public Memory and The Making of Usable Pasts. Southern California Quarterly 1 November 2017; 99 (4): 395–424. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/scq.2017.99.4.395
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