AUTHORWallace, M. / Winkler, Allan M.
CHAPTER TITLEThe Battle of the Enola Gay
BOOK TITLEMickey Mouse History and Other Essays on American Memory
PUBLISHERTemple University Press
CITYPhiladelphia, PA

This chapter chronicles the events associated with the ill-fated exhibit in the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum of the aircraft that dropped the first atomic bomb, Enola Gay. The author reviews issues associated with the various drafts of the script that was to accompany the exhibit, which eventually opened in 1995. He shows how the political environment can influence the presentation of historical events, and he summarizes the outcomes and lessons learned from the controversy. The chapter contains a good set of bibliographical notes and references.

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