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More statues exist of Abraham Lincoln than of any other American public figure. The nationwide fervor for erecting monuments in honor of the fallen President continued from after his death until at least the Great Depression. Percoco ( history, West Springfield H.S., Virginia) shows how he has used these Lincoln monuments as a means of incorporating his fascination with public sculpture into his school curriculum with admirable results. With a small group of teenaged students, he visited seven of these Lincoln statues, in places like Washington, DC, Newark, NJ, Chicago, Fort Wayne, and Cincinnati, each piece depicting a different artistic view of the President-e.g., youthful visionary, emancipator, statesman. The group examined newspaper accounts of the monuments' funding, creation, and dedications, learning that many of the sculptors were more concerned with their own egos than their art. Lincoln's only surviving son, Robert, was critical of many of the finished pieces, calling George Grey Barnard's statue in Cincinnati a "grotesque" likeness. Percoco's narrative is both engaging and thought-provoking, a wonderful example of classroom lessons brought to the streets of our hometowns. Recommended for all libraries as the Lincoln birth bicentennial draws near. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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