Removal of the David D’Angers statue of Thomas Jefferson from City Hall would be a direct attack on a symbol of the democratic values New Yorkers hold dear. The statue specifically honors Jefferson for his greatest contribution to America, indeed, to humankind: the basic idea – radical then, radical now – that all men are created equal, the idea that animates the Declaration of Independence, and that connotes religious freedom. Nothing like it had ever been stated or even imagined before as the basis for a political order without kings or hereditary aristocrats or theocrats. It is an idea so capacious and audacious that it outstripped the realities of Jefferson’s time, nourishing abolitionists, women’s rights’ advocates, and every other variety of human rights champion down to our own time. Read more»
Sean Wilentz | Statement to the New York City Council On Removing The D’Angers Statue Of Thomas Jefferson | Oct 18, 2021
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Amazingly, it’s not YOU that misspells “statue” as “statute” – It’s Wilentz himself!!!!!
Where is this typo?
It’s in the heading of the link (when you click “Read more”, the first thing you read is “STATEMENT TO THE NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL HEARING ON REMOVING THE D’ANGERS STATUTE OF THOMAS JEFFERSON FROM CITY HALL”).
In the Title of the original letter. “STATEMENT TO THE NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL HEARING ON REMOVING THE D’ANGERS STATUTE OF THOMAS JEFFERSON FROM CITY HALL”