How we learn to see history: A case study at the National Cathedral

In this article, Sarah Lewis, Associate Professor at Harvard, explores the power of our culture and our history to affect what we actually see around us. Here’s one quote I especially appreciated:

‘The contradictions at the country’s founding — the tension between slavery and freedom, between equality and a commitment to the fabrication that upheld racial dominance — have played out nowhere more than in the visual realm. It has made vision, the work of seeing the full truth in this extraordinary history, the crucible of American democracy. In the United States, the history of unseeing is so pervasive that it takes will and work to acknowledge what is right before our eyes As King said that day from the pulpit, “human progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability,” but comes from “tireless efforts,” which include those on display in the cathedral by Alexander, by Marshall.’

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