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American 'ruins,' and the stories they tell and obscure

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Some of the historic sites that tell stories of American history have more than one story to tell.

White settlement and westward expansion had a pattern of either ignoring the story of indigenous people and ancestral sites, or of adapting them to tell a new story for the settlers.

Alicia Puglionesi, a historian, explores the trend through several sites, in the book In Whose Ruins: Power, Possession, and the Landscapes of American Empire.

Puglionesi explores some of her findings in a visit to the Exchange.

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