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Discovery and Dispute

In the late 19th century, European Americans set into motion the preservation of ancient Native American structures in the Southwest and Civil War battlefields east of the Mississippi. Philanthropists, scientists, and veterans rallied around America's historic places. Some scouted for artifacts to build personal collections or to sell. Others sought a grand national story. And others promised to fulfill Americans' need to remember past conflicts while reestablishing national unity. These related but competing interests threatened to compromise archeological places. view slideshow >>

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