A Bloodless Victory
A Bloodless Victory: The Battle of New Orleans in History and Memory by Joseph F. Stoltz III, historian at the Fred W. Smith Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon. ISBN 13 978-1-4214-2302-9. Copyright 2017. Hardcover with 176 pages including notes, bibliography, and index.
Once celebrated on par with the Fourth of July, the anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans on January 8 is no longer a day of reverence for most Americans. Although the United States' stunning 1815 defeat of the British army south of New Orleans gave rise to the presidency of Andrew Jackson, the Democratic Party, and the legend of Jean Laffite, the battle has not been a national holiday since 1861. Americans have consciously revised, reinterpreted, and reexamined the memory of the conflict to fit the cultural and social needs of their time. While these efforts could be nefarious or driven by political necessity or racial animus, far more often they were simply part of each generations' expression of values and world view. This close look at the Battle of New Orleans offers an opportunity to explore not just how events are collectively remembered across generations but also how a society discards memorialization efforts it no longer finds necessary or palatable.
A Mount Vernon bookplate, signed by the author, is included with your purchase.