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Written in Stone: Public Monuments in Changing Societies

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Is it “Stalinist” for a formerly communist country to tear down a statue of Stalin? Should the Confederate flag be allowed to fly over the South Carolina state capitol? Is it possible for America to honor General Custer and the Sioux Nation, Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln? Indeed, can a liberal, multicultural society memorialize anyone at all, or is it committed to a ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 7th 1998 by Duke University Press Books (first published July 17th 1998)
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May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
A quick little read about how even though memorials often seem permanent and timeless, they are part of a changing political and cultural landscape. Sanford Levinson explores how regime and government styles in Eastern Europe influence how monuments are treated and how some are even disposed. He then turns his focus to the United States and how this process is different, especially with American Civil War monuments. Part of this includes the discussion of the use of the Confederate battle flag i ...more
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Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
A distinguished professor of constitutional law comments on how public space is organized to convey desired political lessons. Public space includes not only statues and monuments, but the names on buildings and streets and even state songs and school mascots.
Although this is an older title (and the battle flag atop the South Carolina state house has since been removed) I still found this essay helpful. The tension between current values and historic preservation has not lessened since 1998 and
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Sanford Victor Levinson is a prominent American liberal law professor and acknowledged expert on Constitutional law and legal scholar and professor of government at the University of Texas Law School. He is notable for his criticism of the United States Constitution as well as excessive presidential power and has been widely quoted on such topics as the Second Amendment, gay marriage, nominations ...more