The Scandal of American History

The Lafayette Square Tour of Scandal, Assassination and Intrigue!”, is run every spring to fall, it’s tour focusing on the “scandalous” past of the Square. While the rich history of the area can be seen as patriotic or worthy of a national landmark, others like to see the space as an area of intrigue, similar to that of a haunted house with spooky ghost stories. The tour highlights include the mysterious “assassination of a president” as well as, “The sex scandal that wiped out an entire cabinet”. The absence of specificity or context within the highlights of the tour give the square a theme-park tone, not stressing the overarching historical relevance to these acts, simple the mysterious, short-term ripples. This tour, while i’m sure is an okay time, denies the square of its historical integrity in my mind.

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