College of Arts and Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy in History (PhD)
military cemeteries, cemeteries, civic religion, nationalism, Gettysburg, Arlington, Abraham Lincoln, Civil War, American Battle Monuments Commission
History | History of Christianity
Webb, Kyler James, "American Military Cemeteries: Temples of Nationalism and Civic Religion" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4179.
Beginning with the dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg and the address given by Abraham Lincoln, American military cemeteries would have a dual objective to honor nationalism and expand civic religion. Military cemeteries have been on the leading edge of accomplishing ideals such as equality during their construction, implementation, and development. As military cemeteries were created both domestically and on foreign soil between 1860-1960 they became temples to honor nationalism and civic religion.