Support the Troops: Gulf War Homecomings and a New Politics of Military Celebration

  title={Support the Troops: Gulf War Homecomings and a New Politics of Military Celebration},
  author={David Scott FitzGerald},
  journal={Modern American History},
  pages={1 - 22}
  • D. FitzGerald
  • Published 13 February 2019
  • Political Science
  • Modern American History
The celebrations that took place in the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War of 1991 stood out as the largest seen in the United States since the end of World War II, as hundreds of thousands of troops marched in triumphant parades in almost every major American city and in hundreds of small towns. But the pageantry did not simply celebrate American military and technological prowess. Spectators at these parades also engaged in a novel form of patriotism that emphasized unquestioning support for… 
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