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A Sign Taken for History: Daniel Shays' Memorial in Petersham, Massachusetts

Richard Peet
Annals of the Association of American Geographers
Vol. 86, No. 1 (Mar., 1996), pp. 21-43
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2563945
Page Count: 23
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A Sign Taken for History: Daniel Shays' Memorial in Petersham, Massachusetts
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Abstract

This paper deconstructs a memorial to the ending of Shays' Rebellion in Petersham, Massachusetts. The investigation of how a poor people's revolt was signified in the landscape is situated at the intersection of social theories dealing with discourse, regulation, iconology, landscape, and semiotics. Using "discursive regulation" and "regional discursive formation" as diagnostic devices, the paper analyzes two traditions present in the Shays memorial: regionalist, ethnocentric, and patriotic ideologies of the New England Societies who erected the memorial; and the modern discourses of Unitarian conscience, theistic evolutionism, and Progressivism prevalent among the professional elite of Petersham who welcomed the memorial. The two discourses are theorized as parts of a single discursive formation, a conservative system representing the regional power hegemony of the New England elite in the pre-Fordist United States. Deconstructing the Petersham memorial adds to critical cultural geography the notion that landscapes are the spatial surfaces of regulatory regimes, intended to frame social imaginaries, often in definite, system-supportive ways.

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