Civil War Era Studies
Oftentimes, 'the visitor is sovereign' is used as a crib notes version of, "the customer is always right." That's not what it was intended to mean. That is a gross bastardization of the concept, in fact. David Larsen in Meaningful Interpretation characterizes it succinctly: "it is the audience that will ultimately decide if they've had a meaningful experience, connected emotionally and intellectually, and believe the place is worth caring about and for." [excerpt]
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Rudy, John M., ""Realize I Don't Want to be a Miser": Giving Up Power" (2012). Interpreting the Civil War: Connecting the Civil War to the American Public. 155.