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Mount Rushmore

Author: Gilbert Courtland Fite; Mount Rushmore History Association.
Publisher: Keystone, SD : Mount Rushmore History Association, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the story of the "four faces" carved in granite in the Black Hills of South Dakota -- the sculptures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. The story of how the memorial came to be is a fascinating one. The carving was plagued by great financial difficulties from inception to completion, by engineering challenges and personality conflicts. The author has recounted  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Gutzon Borglum; Gutzon Borglum
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gilbert Courtland Fite; Mount Rushmore History Association.
ISBN: 096467985X 9780964679856
OCLC Number: 57754371
Notes: 1952 ed. with minor corrections and additions.
Description: pages cm
Contents: In the beginning --
Mountain sculptor --
A garden of the gods --
Stone Mountain --
We'll call the damn thing Rushmore --
Dedication : 1925 --
President Coolidge visits --
Manna from Washington --
History for the ages --
Dimes and dollars --
Nothing succeeds like results --
Conflict and crisis --
Indulgent Uncle Sam --
The figure of Washington is --
The unveiling of Lincoln --
The flush of victory --
Alone at the helm --
Viking stock overdoes --
Afterglow --
For the ages --
Chronology.
Responsibility: by Gilbert C. Fite.
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This is the story of the "four faces" carved in granite in the Black Hills of South Dakota -- the sculptures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. The story of how the memorial came to be is a fascinating one. The carving was plagued by great financial difficulties from inception to completion, by engineering challenges and personality conflicts. The author has recounted events objectively, yet vividly, with warmth and humanity. The man who worked the longest and hardest on the project was sculptor Gutzon Borglum. He was the temperamental genius who molded a mountain into a monument to his beloved America. The carving represents the "most flamboyant attempt ever made by man to preserve his heritage for future generations." Due to his efforts, countless thousands of Americans make their way to this "shrine of democracy" every year. - Back cover.

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