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    L Enfant's Capitol

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    The article “How one Frenchman’s vision became our capitol city” by Kenneth R. Fletcher was posted on Smithsonian.com on April 30th, 2008. The article explains how Pierre L’Enfant went to conceive our nation's capitol. L’Enfant was a genius architect and a very important person in american history. L’Enfant’s most famous design was the Washington Mall. The Washington Mall was originally meant to be a long strip of land where events would be held and people could relax, and that's exactly what it is and more. Today the Mall is used from everything from picnics to protests, “The American people really took to the mall in the 20th century and turned it into this great civic stage.” (Fletcher) Another fact is that L’Enfant designed the city so…

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    Memorials grip the heart of all who stand in awe of their beauty and meaning.They have been a vital part of society since the start of civilization. Memorials may be private and minuscule, or they may be grand and represented on a national scale. From the Washington Monument in all it's glory, carefully constructed to the most minute detail; to Crazy Horse in South Dakota, known by few and yet to be finished. Yet even it holds value as shown in "Waiting for Crazy Horse" Where it's stated,…

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    It was a chilly, clouding afternoon when our group arrived in Washington, D.C. The first thing I noticed were the half-staffed flags of the United States and flags of its states and territories in front of Union Station. We boarded the “duck,” basically a boat on wheels, and I inquired to the captain about the flags. By presidential decree, President Barack Obama had ordered all flags in federal buildings to be at half-staff to honor the innocent lives lost in the Oregon shooting which happened…

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    Abigail Adams and John Adams was the first presidential couple to move into the White house. Abigail was unsure of the change but knows it is very beautiful and is growing to enjoy it. Although she believes that it is nice, she also thinks that the White House is unfinished and the city of Washington D.C. is still in development. The reasons that I know she thinks that it is unfinished and that Washington D.C is still in development is because she is complaining about the way it is, she…

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    I reached Washington D.C. only seven hours after I left Columbia, which meant that I still had half the day to visit. The main reason I stopped here was to visit the monuments. My first stop was the Washington Monument. The monument is a 555 foot marble tower, representing our first president, George Washington. The tower lays behind a giant pool, that is supposed to reflect the monument. After my first stop, I went to the Lincoln Memorial. The Lincoln memorial is a lot different than the…

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    Monument Controversy

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    Groups and agencies have many factors to consider when they are creating monuments to memorialize certain people and events within our history. These factors to consider when they are creating monuments to memorialize certain people and events within our history. These factors include but are not limited to the relevance of this person or event to history, finances, and the overall the controversy. There are historical sites still standing today that hold a special place in our country’s…

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    amateur architect and a Scottish physician who moved abroad from the British West Indies, won the competition. Thornton’s plan was to split the building into three main parts, with a central lobby and two separate wings that divided the two houses of Congress for each house of Congress. George Washington approved his designs and he became the first Architect of the Capitol. By September 18, 1793, construction began for the U.S Capitol Building. It was built in Washington D.C, because it was the…

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    The March on Washington is one of Americas most historical moments within the civil rights movement, and is proudly known for the worlds famous “I have a dream” - Martin Luther King speech. Around 2,500 people gathered peacefully to support the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This took place on the 28th of August, 1963, at Lincoln Memorial, being the first big congregation of activists and supporters of the civil rights movement. Many special guest made an appearance and had their fair…

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    From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, D.C, in 1963 the hundredth anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Dr. Martin Luther King gave one of the most famed and revered speeches of all time. The name for that amazing speech was “I have a dream”, and it was given in front of more than two hundred thousand people who had come to demonstrate for civil rights. At the time of this iconic speech, Dr.King had felt that even on the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation…

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    During my visit in June, 2015 at the Abraham Lincoln Memorial across from Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., I was intrigued by how much detail was shown throughout the entire sculpture giving its presence a powerful message. The building contains a large sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and two speeches that he wrote having a significant impact in the United States of America. There were multiple parties involved in the completion of the artwork, but who was behind it was Henry Bacon. Daniel…

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