Ah, The District. Capitol City. News Capital of the World. James Madison, writing in Federalist No. 43 under the pseudonym Publius, argued that our nation’s capital should be distinct from the separate states in order to provide for its own maintenance and safety. The legislatures of Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia all offered to cede land for the establishment of a national capital, but President George Washington chose a site along the Potomac River because it yielded ample space for the erection of large monuments. And erections they were. The aluminum tip of the Washington Monument was placed in 1884 prompting generations of twenty-something Hill staffers to gleefully exclaim: “Huzzah! It looks like Florida!” Thirty nine years later, the Association Against the Prohibition Amendment formed in the interest of repealing the Eighteenth Amendment, and, in 1933, the intersection of Washington D.C. erections, twenty-something Hill staffers, and beer was finally codified into law.
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