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Nick Hinman PS 301 2 – 25 – 08 Section 2 : Long essay (50%) Humanity is weighed by stubbornness and selfishness. The tendency for civil disputes, whether daily occurrence or historically grandiose, to end imminently with “no hurt feelings” is impractical. In a case like the American Civil War, where Americans shed common blood on common ground, there is too many emotional ties the causes of the north and south to differentiate who was right from wrong, politically or morally. Even one-hundred and fifty years later, the antiquated feelings of the south live on, written in stone, on many statues and monuments, subjecting the Civil War. In Sanford Levinson’s book, Written in Stone , Levinson contemplates what society should do with the contentious public monuments and images prevalent in our public sphere. Levinson uses an example of a Confederate soldier memorial in Austin, Texas, which pretentiously states, “The People of the South, animated by the spirit of 1776, to preserve their rights, withdrew from the Federal Compact in 1861. The North resorted to coercion. The South, against overwhelming numbers and resources, fought until exhausted.” (Levinson, 55) Levinson would argue to erect a sign by the monument justifying the bias of the monument’s message in a historically and politically correct fashion. Society could also take a Stalinist approach to the monuments and images, which would mean to demolish all contentious emblems, especially that of the old regime (in Stalin’s case, those of Lenin). To do this would be to legitimize the authority and credibility of these emblems
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