5Pierre L'Enfant and Washington, D.C.
would also require that he maintain the approval of the nation's most eminent leader, george washington. 28d be his destiny and his due. he carried a letter from secretary of state, thomas jefferson. approved by the president gave lamfant the task of surveying the area along the potomac river between rock creek and the mouth of the eastern branch more than three miles to the southeast, in order that some section of that ground might be transformed into a new and permanent seat of dwovt for the united states. >> the project gist wasn't ambitious. it was unpres debited. the capitol of a new world empire was to be set down in a quiet, sparsely inhabited territory of hills for us. farms and wetlands. it had to be planned by only one man. but jefferson's letter didn't ask him to create a plan for the capitol. lamfant had every expectation that his would be the hand holding the pencil, his the mind shaping the streets shares and monumental spaces and his, the name most choesly associated with its realization. it was a deed in need of a fertile and tireless communization. the spring was shippi
leader, george washington. still, the major thought of himself as the man who would bring to light an entire city through the force of his will. he saw it as his desk and he and his due. he carried a letter, dated the first of march, from secretary of state thomas jefferson. his instructions gave him the task of surveying the area along the potomac river near rock creek, bordering georgetown, and along the eastern branch, three miles to the southeast, in order that some section of that ground might be transformed into a new and permanent seat of government for the united states. the project was not just ambitious, it was unprecedented. the capital of a new world empire to be set down in a quiet and sparsely inhabited territory of hills farms, and wetlands. the city would not take shape through the slow accretion of time. it would not happen, it would be made. he had every expectation that his would be the hand holding the pencil, his the mind shaping the street. his the name most closely associated with the realization. it was indeed in need of a total imagination with two individuals
talk about 20th century presidential leadership in times of crisis. we are going to have george nash in a few weeks, or i should say, really on march 3, and he's going to talk about herbert hoover's dealings with the great depression. mark stoler is one of the great military historians of the 20th century. he will talk about roosevelt's ealing's with world war ii. david kennedy will talk about franklin roosevelt and the great depression. david kennedy is a pulitzer prize winner. that will be followed by fred talking about lbj and the agony of the vietnam war. fred vogel won a prize for his book on vietnam. tom blanton will finish the series next december. tom blanton is ahead of the national security archive. he's going to talk about ronald reagan and the end of the cold war. today we're going to begin the whole series where it should begin in terms of the 20th century, on woodrow wilson in war and peace. as many of you know, we are commemorating this year the 100th anniversary of the onset of world war i, 1914. 2014-2015. here in the united states, the great war is indelibly linked
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