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Determining the Facts

Document 1: Samuel Blodgett's Broadside, 1801.

[Graphic] Document 1 with link to higher quality image. (National Archives) Text only version of Document 1.

Disagreements over a proper memorial to Washington continued for the first three decades of the 19th century, with nothing built during this time. Samuel Blodgett published this broadside--a flyer meant to move people to action--at the beginning of that period. It records many of the arguments that would appear over those 30 years.

Questions for Document 1

1. According to Blodgett, how did Americans react when Washington died? Why?

2. How does he think they should feel about the absence of a proper monument?

3. How does he think this failure should be remedied?

4. What does this method say about his faith in Congress to provide a suitable monument?

* The image on the screen have a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a high quality version of the broadside, but be aware that the file will take as much as a minute to load with a 28.8K modem.

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