DBQ Essay: The Lincoln Memorial

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When you hear the word “Lincoln” what is the first thought to come to your mind? Many would say a symbolization of honesty, integrity, freedom and even humanity. From 1861-1865 America was blessed with one of the greatest presidents we have ever had the 16th president of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln. At the time of his presidency the country was divided into two regions the north and south regions in which they both had withdrawn from the union. Lincoln led the United States to defeat the confederacy which followed the famous Emancipation Proclamation, which was put in place to abolish slavery. Many thought the Emancipation Proclamation was to instantly free the slaves as soon as it was released but that was not what Lincoln …show more content…

at the west end of the National Mall. Many other monuments surrond it and are in close distance but, it stands out because of its majestic temple like look. Henry Bacon designer/architec of the building had in mind the greek temple, the Patheron when designing the Lincoln Memorial. (Source B) The memorial itself is constructed of granite, marable, limestone. (Source A) One of the things that makes the Lincoln Memorial unique and in different is the thirty six colums that surrond the 190 feet long, 119 feet wide and almost 100 feet tall building. (Source D) The forty four foot colums represent one of each of the thirty six states in the union at that …show more content…

The archteciture is so unique in deisgn that the columns are the only thing holding up the whole building “standing strong” because the columns are working together. Without any of the colums the building would just fall. This design was structured this way because just as the nation would fall without all of its states the memorial would fall without all of its columns. One of the many concepts when constructing the memorial was that you were able to have it in the back of your pocket such as a pennie or five dollar bill. The implication of this structure itself is the representation of the faces and a symbol of strength through unity, a monument not only to Lincoln but the union as

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