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Jan 15, 2021 2021-01-15

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Symbolizing American Strength and Freedom: The Capitol Story

In 1814, British troops marched on Washington, DC, intent on striking a blow against the capital city during the War of 1812. The first public building they encountered was the unfinished Capitol. A feature of eight videos on the US Capitol’s website describes what the Capitol looked like at that time, how the British attempted to destroy it, and how their actions shaped the future of the building. Among the eight videos is one that describes how the British advanced on the Capitol. Two other videos describe the House Chamber before and after the war, and a third describes how the room known today as National Statuary Hall was rebuilt after the fire.

Plus: Teachers can bring the United States Capitol to their classroom by scheduling a live Zoom program with US Capitol Visitor Center staff. During the program, students will spend 15 to 20 minutes with an educator from the US Capitol’s Visitor Center in a live Q&A about the function, history, architecture, and art of the Capitol building.

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