Temple of History: Symbolism at the U.S. National Archives | BRIdge From The Past
How does the symbolism at the National Archives Building give us clues about its purpose? In this episode of BRIdge From The Past, Mary examines both the inside and outside of the United States National Archives Building located in Washington, DC. Standing 166 feet tall, 213 feet wide, and 330 feet long, the National Archives Building features columns similar to the Lincoln Memorial and houses some of the most important documents in American history. What Founding principles do the statues outside and rotunda inside the building represent? How do they relate to the historical documents that are kept inside of its walls?
BRIdge from the National Archives Handout: https://bri-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/National+Archives+Handout.pdf
Declaration of Independence (1776)
On June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee brought what came to be called the Lee Resolution before the Continental Congress. This resolution stated “these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states ...” Congress debated independence for several days.
James Earle Fraser’s Contemplation of Justice and Authority of Law Sculptures | BRIdge From The Past
What do the sculptures outside of the Supreme Court building tell us about the Founding principles of justice and the rule of law? In this episode of BRIdge from the Past, Mary examines the front steps of the Supreme Court and James Earle Fraser’s accompanying sculptures. The sculptures followed the opening of the Supreme Court building in 1935 and aimed to be more than just purely decorative. What were Fraser’s goals when designing these sculptures? How did he accomplish these through the symbolism and detail of each? BRIdge from the Past James Earle Fraser’s Contemplation of Justice and Authority of Law Sculptures Handout: https://bri-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/James+Earle+Fraser%2C+Contemplation+of+Justice+(left)+and+Authority+of+Law+(right)+1935%2C+U.S.+Supreme+Court%2C+Washington+DC+.pdf