Etched in Stone: Enduring Words from Our Nation's Monuments

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National Geographic Books, 2007 - History - 191 pages
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This poignant, first-of-its-kind book celebrates words that define America's storied past and symbolize the drive of its people--from the boardrooms of Manhattan to the farm fields of Iowa. Author Ryan Coonerty highlights profound phrases inscribed on 52 monuments and public sites. Some are famed monuments like the Lincoln Memorial; others are simple or stark places of honor, such as Angel Island, where immigrant Chinese scrawled their words on imprisoning walls.

Etched In Stone unfolds the American saga from four perspectives. "In Praise of Public Lives" (Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King gravesite) celebrates leaders, thinkers, and innovators. "Ordinary Heroes" (Gettysburg Battlefield, Korean War Memorial, Memphis Firehouse) honors ordinary people who did extraordinary things. "Bearing Witness" (Salem Witchcraft Victims Memorial, Clayton Jackson McGhie Museum in Duluth) seeks to remind future generations of horrendous moments in history that must not be repeated, while "A More Perfect Union" (IBM School House, Dexter Gate at Harvard University, New York Public Library) reveals the promises of America--freedom and future.

Stunning images by noted architectural photographer Carol Highsmith enhance the powerful messages and give each site a life and purpose beyond stone. The dramatic interplay of words and photographs makes this a beautiful gift book that will strongly appeal to all readers interested in American history, architecture, culture, and art.
  

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Contents

Foreword
6
In Praise of Public Lives
14
Clemens Center
24
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
30
Albert Einstein Memorial
36
Robert F Kennedy Memorial
45
Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument
52
Robert Gould Shaw and 54 Regiment Memorial
58
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
88
Salem Village Witchcraft Victims Memorial
95
A More Perfect Union
136
Statue of Liberty
142
Womens Rights National Historic Park
153
Tribune Tower
162
John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
168
Dexter Gate at Harvard University
174

National DDay Memorial
66
Marine Corps War Memorial
72
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
78
Graumans Chinese Theatre
182
Illustrations CreditsAcknowledgments
188
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Ryan Coonerty is vice president of Bookshop Santa Cruz, and a lecturer of Law at the University of California, Santa Cruz. A graduate of the University of Virginia Law School and The London School of Economics, he writes for numerous magazines and newspapers and is co-writing a "postcard" history of the city.

Carol Highsmith is the author/photographer of nearly 30 photographic books on architecture and landscape and has been published in Smithsonian, Time, the New York Times, Architecture, the Washington Post Magazine, and Life. She is a long-time resident of Washington, D.C.

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