History Wars: The Enola Gay and Other Battles for the American Past

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A collection of essays by eight historians address the controversy at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in the early 1990s over the display of the Enola Gay, the B-29 bomber that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima at the close of World War II.


  • Enola Gay (Bomber)
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • National Air and Space Museum Research Advisory Committee
  • Air Force Association
  • Enola Gay (Exhibition) (1995: Washington, D.C.)
  • Crossroads: The End of World War II, the Atomic Bomb, and the Origins of the Cold War, The (Exhibition)


Smithsonian History Bibliography

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu




  • Politics and culture
  • Airplanes
  • Atomic bomb
  • Veterans
  • Controversies
  • Aeronautics
  • Lobbying
  • Exhibitions
  • B-29 bomber
  • Federal Government, Relations with SI


  • Hiroshima-shi (Japan)
  • Nagasaki-shi (Japan)

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Number of pages: 301; Page numbers : 1-295

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