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Inquiry Question

Historical Context



Photos 1 & 2
Photos 3 & 4


Table of

Visual Evidence

Illustration 1: Soldiers' Home, Washington DC. [Photo 1] with link to larger version of photo.
(Library of Congress)

Buildings in this illustration from left to right: Quarters One, Quarters Two, Lincoln Cottage, Sherman Building.

Questions for Illustration 1

1. How would you describe the Soldiers’ Home? Do you think this looks like a suitable home for retired and disabled soldiers? Why or why not?

2. Why do you think several presidents selected this as their summer retreat?

3. Find Lincoln Cottage in the picture above. How does the cottage differ from other buildings you see? Do any of these fit your image of a cottage? Why or why not?

4. The Soldiers’ Home is a National Historic Landmark, and the National Park Service designated the cottage as the President Lincoln and Soldiers’ Home National Monument. Do you think these buildings deserve this honor (refer to Readings 1 and 3, if necessary)? Why or why not?

* Click for a larger version of Illustration 1.



Comments or Questions

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