Harriet F. Senie is the recipient of the College Art Association’s Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award.
Memorials to Shattered Myths
Vietnam to 9/11
By Harriet F. Senie
The Vietnam War, Oklahoma City bombing, Columbine High School shooting, and attacks of 9/11 all shattered myths of national identity. Vietnam was a war the U.S. didn't win on the ground in Asia or politically at home; Oklahoma City revealed domestic terrorism in the heartland; Columbine debunked legends of high school as an idyllic time; and 9/11 demonstrated U.S. vulnerability to international terrorism.