Washington burning how a Frenchman's vision of our nation's capital survived Congress, the Founding Fathers, and the invading British Army
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<P>In 1814, British troops invaded and burned Washington; the White House still bears scorch and soot marks on its foundation stones. Until the British tried to obliterate it, many Americans remained violently opposed to the idea of Washington as the nation's capital. It was only after the British lesson in "hard war," designed to terrorize Americans, that the city became a locus of unity and national pride.<p>The dramatic story of how Washington, D.C...