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a great day spent in detroit

exploring the main library

built by andrew carnegie

in the last year of the civil war

to bring knowledge to the people

1 of 21 remaining in detroit

not forgetting the children

where stories were told in front of the fire

and careful attention

was paid to every detail

a beautiful oasis created and restored

beating in the heart of the city.

“a city isn’t so unlike a person.

they both have the marks to show

they have many stories to tell.

they see many faces.

they tear things down and make new again.”

― rasmenia massoud

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  1. Yes a wonderful building, but I often wonder over Carnegie’s motivation. Prompted by existential guilt perhaps over his somewhat schizophrenic or at best myopic views of how little to pay people to work six days a week ten hours a day next to a furnace. He wrote: “Under the law of competition the employer of thousands is forced into the strictest economies, among which the rates paid to labour figure prominently and often there is friction between the employer and the employed, between capital and labour, between rich and poor. Human society loses homogeneity.” No sh**, Sherlock. And you could argue that his paternalistic authoritarianism contributed much to the Homestead Riots IMHO. I could go on about the hypocrisy of St Andrew, but at least we got a few libraries — though no books.

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  2. This is an extraordinary library and such a wonderful gift from Andrew Carnegie. It is like a “mansion,” (my grandies favorite description) but really is a national treasure!
    This was one of my very favorite examples of his architecture and creative forces! Thank you, Beth.

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