Some moments in history have been forgotten by most Americans or were never learned in the first place. Such as stories of the nation’s first concentration camp in Massachusetts, and sites of strikes and massacres that took place decades or hundreds of years ago. In some places there are markers, but in others, you would never know walking through the woods or city streets what had happened there.

West Virginia University Press is publishing a photography collection of significant U.S. historic sites in the book “Marked, Unmarked, Remembered: A Geography of American Memory,” by award-winning photojournalist Andrew Lichtenstein with accompanying descriptions by Alex Lichtenstein, a professor of history at Indiana University. The photos and captions are used here with permission from WVU Press.

The collected photographs give a sense of a land that we think we know but which we have often lost touch with through glossing over painful chapters.

“As a society, Americans are generally speaking ahistorical,” Andrew Lichtenstein told The New York Times Lens blog regarding the book. “We tend to look to the future and we are not as rooted in the past as other places. I was interested in Americans’ own relationship to history.”                          

                                                                - Diana Mazzella