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Reconciling Security and Liberty

Jocelyn Jones Evans

in One Nation Under Siege

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125886
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135489 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125886.003.0002
Reconciling Security and Liberty

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This chapter discusses and traces the history of physical attacks on the U.S. Congress, beginning with the burning of the Capitol by the British in 1814 during the War of 1812 and continuing through the twenty-first century until the present. It argues that the Capitol has always been a symbol of liberty and self-government, which may be why it has always been a target for those who wish to criticize American political leadership.

Keywords: history; physical attacks; U.S. Congress; War of 1812; liberty; self-government; American political leadership

Chapter.  9344 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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