Mickey Mouse History and Other Essays on American Memory, By Mike Wallace

Very readable, eye-opening essay on how Disney, museums, parks, etc. not only display history, but interpret (define?) the culture of Americana. By their choices of what to display, how they display them, and the descriptions given, they emphasize certain aspects of society and culture while giving a rose-colored glasses view of history and/or an inspirational, what to strive for message. Using Disneyland’s theme park, Henry Ford’s park, and others, Wallace explains the image portrayed and how that image can warp perception and influence the viewer, both by what is there and what was left out. In today’s world of political ads and debates, Mickey Mouse History shows that politicians are not the only ones to distort or gloss over history.

4 Out of 4 Stars

Reviewed By: Abby Rovner, Library Services


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