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The French RepublicHistory, Values, Debates$
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Edward Ducler Berenson, Vincent Duclert, and Christophe Prochasson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449017

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449017.001.0001

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The Immigration History Museum

The Immigration History Museum

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The French Republic

Nancy L. Green

Cornell University Press

This chapter analyzes the political issues and contentions behind the creation of an immigrant museum. It argues that the history of creating a museum dedicated to immigration must be placed in a quadruple context, combining old and new: the continuing educational imperative, the resumed political impetus to museum-making, a break with the beaux-arts tradition of museums, and a new desire to reflect social issues such as immigration. It is the politicized conjuncture surrounding this last point that led to the opened but not inaugurated Cité Nationale de l'Histoire de l'Immigration (CNHI). The chapter places particular emphasis on the history of the CNHI in order to illustrate how the creation of an immigration history museum in France was partly due to the evolution of memory and historiography, as in the United States, but also to French party politics.

Keywords:   CNHI, immigrant museum, republican museum, immigration, French party politics, immigration history museum, museum initiatives

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