Lewis Mumford Speech Analysis

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Although a region may perceive their roots to be unwavering, powerful acts can crack even the most established ideals. From the suffragette who stepped on the tracks of a horse race for women’s rights, to the man who suffered a bullet wound fighting for civil rights, to the student protestors who risked the unknown for the chance at a better future, powerful and sacrificial acts have drastically altered the regions in which we live. These tactics may seem unconventional, but according to author Lewis Mumford, all unconventional ideas are born from convention. In his speech titled Excerpts from the South in Architecture, Mumford argues that every idea has blossomed from and coexists with a previous idea. He emphasizes this coexistence as the …show more content…
In the photo the photographer depicts a single man, although many stepped in front of the tank at different times of the day. This action represented a small sacrifice compared to the larger one that occurred in Tiananmen Square. This time no bloodshed occurred, only a silent protest that showed the students hadn’t given up and the threat of violence wouldn’t change their steadfast beliefs. Thanks in part of this photo, the region will always be known for the courageous students who the government could not …show more content…
Whatever happens, they highlighted an issue and attempted to fix the issue. A region can stay unified by keeping a region’s local elements, but also containing universal elements from other regions. The protesters hoped that Mumford’s definition of regionalism could persuade the Chinese government to consider a new way of governing. Tank man exemplified the governmental issues within China in the 1980s and what actions occurred in contrast to the situation. The image puts Mumford’s regionalism in action in hopes that in the end, people accept regionalism. Defining a better life and fighting for the life will always be controversial, but they should at least be an

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