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One Nation Under SiegeCongress, Terrorism, and the Fate of American Democracy$
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Jocelyn J. Evans

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125886

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125886.001.0001

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Reconciling Security and Liberty

Reconciling Security and Liberty

Attacks on the Capitol and Corresponding Changes in Security

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(p.26) 1 Reconciling Security and Liberty
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One Nation Under Siege
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Jocelyn Jones Evans

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813125886.003.0002

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

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