A Student of History

February 21, 2007

Deconstructing the Lincoln Memorial

Filed under: The past that is still with us — John Maass @ 2:41 pm

From the National Review’s website, there’s an interesting piece called “Deconstructing the Lincoln Memorial: The National Park Service reconsiders America and the Civil War.”  It starts like this:

Presidents’ Day, as older Americans will recall, is a watered-down substitute for the February celebrations that used to mark the birthdays of our country’s two greatest presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Once upon a time (i.e., as recently as the 1960s) it was the custom in elementary schools throughout the land to commemorate these events by having schoolchildren learn about these men’s lives and even write essays about their achievements. Even if Presidents’ Day is now largely considered just a day off from work and an occasion for holiday sales, there must be some Americans who still give thought to Washington and Lincoln at this time of year, and even some teachers who commemorate it in the old-fashioned way.



Author David Lewis Schaefer goes on to point out his objections to the way the NPS interprets the site.

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