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Title:
The Washington Monument : a beacon for America
Author:
Ashabranner, Brent K., 1921-
Publication Information:
Brookfield, CT : Twenty-First Century Books, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
64 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm.
Summary:
Chronicles the history of the monument that honors our first president, discussing its design, financing, long period of construction, controversies, completion, dedication, and symbolism.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780761315247
Format :
Book

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Chronicles the history of the monument that honors our first president, discussing its design, financing, long period of construction, controversies, completion, dedication, and symbolism.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 4-8. This attractive volume from the Great American Memorials series presents the history of the Washington Monument. Though a memorial to George Washington was first proposed by the Continental Congress in 1783, work wasn't begun until 1848 and was not completed until 1884. Ashabranner details the history of the monument and explains the design, fund-raising, and engineering setbacks that slowed the project at various times. In the introductory notes and the closing chapter, the author creates a sense of historical context for the Washington Monument as a focal point for cultural and political expression and as a revered, yet approachable, symbol of freedom. Illustrating the well-written text are black-and-white reproductions of period maps, photographs, drawings, engravings, and paintings as well as excellent color photographs of the monument and the surrounding area. A solid addition to a fine series. Carolyn Phelan


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-While there existed great public support for a monument, design and financial issues plagued its development and completion, resulting in a structure that took 36 years to build. Using an absorbing blend of facts and commentary, Ashabranner relates the fascinating story of this obelisk that stands as a memorial to our first president. Accurate research and superb writing, accompanied by full-color photographs and black-and-white reproductions, make this an exemplary title for young people. Readers will come away with a positive appreciation of the historical and symbolic significance of this monument.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.