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ERIC Number: EJ909080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0024-2519
Unitarianism and the Iconography of Democracy: Decorations for the Library of Congress
Webster, Sally
Library Quarterly, v80 n4 p357-383 Oct 2010
The building and decoration of the Library of Congress in the late nineteenth century were emblematic of America's longing to be regarded as an enlightened nation and to take its rightful place among the great civilizations of the past. The sources for this ambition, illustrated in the paintings, sculptures, and inscriptions in the library's reading room rotunda, are a reflection of the ethical humanitarianism of Unitarianism, which advanced a modern concept of civilization that, in the decoration of the Library of Congress, became the intellectual underpinnings for the construction of a democratic, civic iconography.
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Language: English
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