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Mural celebrating Revolutionary War called too violent for Greenwich pupils
Waterbury Republican-American ^ | June 6, 2006 | Associated Press

Posted on 06/06/2006 8:26:34 PM PDT by Graybeard58

GREENWICH -- A restored Revolutionary War mural painted in the 1930s may not be returned to an elementary school because officials are concerned it is too violent for children.

The mural shows Gen. Israel Putnam, a war hero from Greenwich who fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill, half-naked and about to be burned at the stake.

He aims a gun at wolves while men around him fight with guns and knives.

"Violence is not something you see at Hamilton Avenue School," said principal Damaris Rau. "And then to have it in the forefront, especially in the lobby, a picture of men hurting each other and killing each other, it really goes against my sense of what children should be exposed to."

The mural, which belongs to the town and once hung in Town Hall, was commissioned by the Works Progress Administration in 1935 and painted by James Daugherty of Weston. It was displayed in the gym at Hamilton Avenue school for nearly 60 years until it was removed in 1998 and restored.

It now hangs in the Greenwich Library, but is scheduled to go back to the school when a renovated building reopens next year.

For some residents whose families have attended the school for generations, the mural doesn't belong anywhere else.

"It was a battle scene, but if anything it was an inspirational battle scene," said Marisa Nigiro, a member of the third of four generations of her family to attend the school. "Unfortunately today, we psychoanalyze everything."

But PTA President Laura DiBella, who also attended the school, said former students do not remember the painting as disturbing because it was dirty and hung too high to be seen clearly.

"I thought it was phenomenal growing up, but it was a different time," she said. "There was no Columbine or anything like that, and the schools have really done a lot of work on anti-violence. We are now promoting tolerance, accepting differences and all of that, and it doesn't belong in an elementary school."

She said the painting frightened her sons, ages 3 and 4, when they saw it at the library. She also said a depiction of Native Americans with tomahawks may not be appropriate.

She and Rau have asked parents to look at the mural and weigh in on whether it is too disturbing to hang in the school.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: art; censorship; israelputnam; politicalcorrectness; revolutionarywar; wpa
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To: Antoninus

That was my reation. I wouldn't want to look at it all day either.


21 posted on 06/06/2006 8:54:21 PM PDT by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (Charlie Mike, son))
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To: Dahoser
Anyone reading this dopey article would never realize it but the event being depicted occurred in 1758 during the French and Indian War when Putnam won a sterling military reputation as a company commander in Rodger's Rangers. The details are provided here:

http://members.tripod.com/~compmast/putnam/indians.html

Putnam's capture and the attempt to burn him was once a rather a rather famous event in New England folk lore. That was before the pc liberals effectively took control of public culture in New England. I am sure there are many tough sturdy Yankees still around in New England (after all the Vermont Army National Guard has absorbed more fatalities in Iraq than any other state force and the worthy sons of the Green Mountain Boys engaged in no new age whining about these loses.)but the PC brigade is busy making these real Yankees marginalized in their own land.
22 posted on 06/06/2006 8:59:50 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: Graybeard58
"...and the schools have really done a lot of work on anti-violence. We are now promoting tolerance, accepting differences and all of that, and it doesn't belong in an elementary school."

She said the painting frightened her sons, ages 3 and 4, when they saw it at the library. She also said a depiction of Native Americans with tomahawks may not be appropriate..."

I read a book by Tammy Bruce called The New Thought Police : Inside the Left's Assault on Free Speech and Free Minds

It was a phenomenal, eye opening book. In it, she discusses the people who work behind the scenes to regulate what goes into school textbooks. She said the worst, most restrictive, liberal and idiotic ones are those who have degrees in Native American studies. This woman sounds just like one of them.

23 posted on 06/06/2006 9:00:05 PM PDT by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: Antoninus

Of course! Find a Communist angle and the mural can stay;) You know, it's strange how those lefty educrats always bring up Columbine, as though that was the day the world changed forever, but somehow they can't quite say the same about 9/11...


24 posted on 06/06/2006 9:03:46 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: Frank_2001
lefty educrats always bring up Columbine, as though that was the day the world changed forever, but somehow they can't quite say the same about 9/11...

No "evil" guns involved in 9/11, plus Islamic terrorists are different from the home grown ones.

25 posted on 06/06/2006 9:07:03 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Graybeard58

This principal is a complete fool, trying to deny his students knowledge of how their country of heritage or choice was won! What does he want? A bunch of people waving palm fronds just saying "come on in. We love everyone, no problems with guns or bombs, just come on in?


26 posted on 06/06/2006 9:09:04 PM PDT by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: Graybeard58
"Violence is not something you see at Hamilton Avenue School," said principal Damaris Rau. "And then to have it in the forefront, especially in the lobby, a picture of men hurting each other and killing each other, it really goes against my sense of what children should be exposed to."

A whimp, wuss, and worse trying to churn out more of the same.

"People" (for lack of a better, acceptable term) like Principla Rau don't deserve this nation and the freedoms, so dearly purchased, that it offers; let alone a fairly good spot to slop out of the public trough.

God bless the violent people depicted in that mural, and all those like them still protecting this ass's ass.

27 posted on 06/06/2006 9:11:47 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Deportación por los todos ilegales ahora: Si, se puede!)
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To: Graybeard58
How 'bout something a little less condescending, like:

She and Rau have asked parents to look at the mural and weigh in on whether it is too disturbing appropriate to hang in the school.

28 posted on 06/06/2006 9:16:12 PM PDT by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: Rembrandt

I am assuming the Printhipal is a boy.
He may find many thingthz "offensthive" about Real Rowdy Kickass Men!
The Feminazis
have instilled him with the whole ' speaking truth to power' thing , whatever it's supposed to mean>
They are just another couple of fruits that make us New Englanders all want to go somewhere else.
If you hate it cause it's fugly just say so.
Why do we have to go through all this tortuous BS just to say "Yuck"?


29 posted on 06/06/2006 9:22:37 PM PDT by acapesket (never had a vote count in all my years here)
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To: Graybeard58

How did we ever manage to grow up with all that horrible stuff contaminating our little psyches? Lord, save us from those who would save us from ourselves.


30 posted on 06/06/2006 9:23:49 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Graybeard58

What has happened to American schools? When I was a little boy, boys loved gore. Back then, I vividly remember boys drawing WWII pictures ALL the time (it was the late 60s early 70s). Now, it seems what is normal boyhood is quashed with drugs or policies.


31 posted on 06/06/2006 9:24:09 PM PDT by PghBaldy (If my ancestors acted like the current crop of "immigrants", you would have to "press 2" for Polish.)
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To: Sentis
trying to convince anyone under 30 to join in is incredibly difficult they just want to play video games.

I believe it, and I'll also bet the video games depict at least as high a level of violence as your sport, if not more so.

And in graphic, gratuitous detail.

32 posted on 06/06/2006 9:25:22 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Deportación por los todos ilegales ahora: Si, se puede!)
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To: Antoninus
Well, if that's the mural, this story has a silver lining. It's butt-ugly 1930s-style commu-art.

Amen! Who painted this thing? Buzzy-the-Hummingbird?

That thing is way too distracting, way too "busy", way too loud to be in a place where you need quiet for concentrating and thought -- like library or school. It belongs in an airport, or fire station.

Frankly I thought it would be something akin to this...


33 posted on 06/06/2006 9:25:59 PM PDT by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: bnelson44

Looks like a giant paint by numbers that you can buy in any craft store. The kid probably cried because it hurt his eyes.


34 posted on 06/06/2006 9:26:17 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Graybeard58

The "liberal" leftist crusade against any type of reality rolls on.

I believe the commies called it "revisionism".


35 posted on 06/06/2006 9:29:13 PM PDT by garyhope
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To: ApplegateRanch
"Violence is not something you see at Hamilton Avenue School," said principal Damaris Rau. "And then to have it in the forefront, especially in the lobby, a picture of men hurting each other and killing each other, it really goes against my sense of what children should be exposed to."
A whimp, wuss, and worse trying to churn out more of the same.

"People" (for lack of a better, acceptable term) like Principal Rau don't deserve this nation and the freedoms, so dearly purchased, that it offers; let alone a fairly good spot to slop out of the public trough.

God bless the violent people depicted in that mural, and all those like them still protecting this ass's ass.

Amen to you sir. This miserable person is bust trying to apply the PC airbrush to the rough edges of history. I doubt this dunce has ever heard or could understand what the phrase 'And there was blood in the dooryards of New England that spring.' connotes. In Queen Anne's, King George's and the French and Indian War the people of the New England frontier enduring relentless danger and threats of death in the most gruesome and terrible form at the hands of the Indian allies of the French. This is the heritage of the people who settled and created those states and this ass is spitting on that and on part of the heritage of all Americans.
36 posted on 06/06/2006 9:29:50 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: Graybeard58
"it really goes against my sense of what children should be exposed to"

Teaching kids how to put a condom on a banana or why heather has 2 mommies goes against my sense of what children should be exposed to but I doubt the school system cares.

..painting frightened her sons, ages 3 and 4, when they saw it at the library


That one I simply dont believe. Not unless the woman herself frightened them about it.
37 posted on 06/06/2006 9:39:48 PM PDT by D1X1E (*AMERICA* Love It Or Leave It (I volunteer to drive one of the buses))
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To: Rembrandt

so much for the Constitution State!


38 posted on 06/06/2006 9:41:55 PM PDT by bootless (Never Forget - And Never Again)
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To: Graybeard58
She also said a depiction of Native Americans with tomahawks may not be appropriate.

"Politically Correct" is the politically correct term for "f*cking retarded".

39 posted on 06/06/2006 9:42:43 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (ISLAM: The Other Psychosis)
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To: PghBaldy
http://www.tfaoi.com/aa/5aa/5aa363c.htm Daugherty used Putnam as the model American hero, a man with the intelligence, leadership, and courage to turn ordinary events into extraordinary exploits. A farmer turned patriot, Putnam reinforced the mythic belief that true American folk heroes were not fantastic supermen, but regular folk who, in fighting for freedom, became legends. Nice article about the mural here.
40 posted on 06/06/2006 9:46:14 PM PDT by PghBaldy (If my ancestors acted like the current crop of "immigrants", you would have to "press 2" for Polish.)
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