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meaning/public spirit

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marcia m eaton (marciameaton)
Sat, 27 Feb 1999 03:33:01 -0500

The questions that Ellen intends to pose should get some really interesting
responses. You might also include the examples of Crazy Horse that Laurie
brought up. Here the size and location send a message about the
Mt.Rushmore Presidents nearby, and Laurie is right that there is some
irony, probably even a fair amount of bitterness expressed. The
differences in funding for these two sites is also a good question to raise
in connection with public spirit, e.g. who's public spirit tends to get
funded. And is the controversy surrounding this likely to unite or divide
society? I recently read a newspaper account of a visit to Mt. Rushmore by
a Dutch tourist. He found the whole thing, the huge parking lot, playing
of music, lighting at night rather silly and wondered if Americans are
really moved by the site. He also wondered whether this typified America.
What do you and your students thinkg? Marcia