Two texts used in this book are an excerpt from Robert E. Lee's 1856 letter to his wife, Mary, in which he lays out his stance on slavery and a testimony of Wesley Norris, Lee's former slave, regarding Generals treatment of fugitives. 

Today, the great debate about public monuments is carried out in private, online, where we snipe at each other from our respective ideological corners. At the same time, we are losing the physical and communal dimensions of looking for information: standing in front of large books, engaging with the smell and sounds of turning pages, texture and weight of paper, sequence, content and layout of folios. Online, there are no bounds of civility because there is no shared conversations about morals and politics in public while strolling or standing, their bodies taking up, engaging with and sharing the common space, their thoughts out for examination and debate. 

Turn the pages, dear viewers, read the images as if they are text, experience the materiality of the book: how it inhabits and relates to the surrounding public space and people in it, how it feels, sounds and smells. Most importantly, engage someone in a radical at of citizenship - read, critique and publicly discuss a book.
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