Commemorative Sculpture in the United States
A document-based teaching unit
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This unit helps students see and understand the importance of commemorative public sculpture in the United States and explain how certain major themes in United States history have been commemorated. The unit begins with an examination of why we commemorate and focuses on several public memorials including the Minuteman Statue at Concord, the Memorial to Union and Confederate soldiers, and the Lincoln Memorial. The unit brings into focus how our democratic principles are embodied in public sculpture and monuments through a wide range and variety of images of individuals from across the United States.
Lesson 1: Commemoration in the American Democracy
Lesson 2: An Enduring American Image- The Minuteman
Lesson 3: The American Pantheon
Lesson 4: Icons of the West
Lesson 5: Soldiers of the Civil War
Lesson 6: The Creation of a National Shrine-- The Lincoln Memorial
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