Written in Stone: Public Monuments in Changing Societies (Anniversary, Twentieth Anniversary with New Afterword)

Sanford Levinson (Author)
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Description

Twentieth Anniversary Edition with a new preface and afterword

From the removal of Confederate monuments in New Orleans in the spring of 2017 to the violent aftermath of the white nationalist march on the Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville later that summer, debates and conflicts over the memorialization of Confederate "heroes" have stormed to the forefront of popular American political and cultural discourse. In Written in Stone Sanford Levinson considers the tangled responses to controversial monuments and commemorations while examining how those with political power configure public spaces in ways that shape public memory and politics. Paying particular attention to the American South, though drawing examples as well from elsewhere in the United States and throughout the world, Levinson shows how the social and legal arguments regarding the display, construction, modification, and destruction of public monuments mark the seemingly endless confrontation over the symbolism attached to public space.

This twentieth anniversary edition of Written in Stone includes a new preface and an extensive afterword that takes account of recent events in cities, schools and universities, and public spaces throughout the United States and elsewhere. Twenty years on, Levinson's work is more timely and relevant than ever.

Product Details

Price
$25.95
Publisher
Duke University Press
Publish Date
October 26, 2018
Pages
224
Dimensions
5.5 X 0.4 X 8.0 inches | 0.5 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781478002802
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About the Author

Sanford Levinson is Professor of Law at the University of Texas Law School and the author and editor of numerous books, most recently Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws That Affect Us Today (with Cynthia Levinson).

Reviews

"Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty."-- (03/01/2019)
"Levinson offers more questions than answers, which I find appealing. . . . It is a short and highly readable book, which also makes it ideal for classroom use. If one wanted to provoke a lively debate in class, this book would be the ideal work."-- (09/26/2019)