Skyscrapers in America Essay

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ST. PIUS X CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT American’s Pride in Skyscrapers By Sabrina Thomas US History – period 1 Phillip C. Cook October 11, 2013 America is known for its many great achievements. Among them are sending Neil Armstrong to the moon in 1969 and creating the economic engine that won World War II. But when you land a plane in the United States, you cannot see these accomplishments because they aren’t tangible. You cannot stand anywhere on American soil and say “this was the country that went to the moon.” G.K. Chesterton once said “Architecture is the alphabet of giants; it is the largest set of symbols ever made to meet the eyes of men. A tower stands up like a sort of simplified statue, of much more than heroic size.” The one thing that is evident of America is that we were the country that transformed the world architecturally. The skyscraper was born and raised in the United States of America. The American skyscraper can be seen anywhere, from San Diego, to Atlanta, to Minneapolis; you can see evidence everywhere that America engineered the high rise building. Stand in New York, and without looking up bank account or the economic state of America, you can see the economic prosperity of history. “Tall buildings have captured the imagination”, prosperity, and hard work of people during the course of history. Skyscrapers represent great power, hard work, and control in the United States, the skyscraper is the greatest symbol of American history. “In the 1870’s, buildings rarely exceeded four stories.”It wasn’t until the improvement of iron and steel as a structurally sound material that the taller buildings became the real world. These advancements in architecture allowed architects of that era to experiment. The bulk of skyscraper advancement can be linked to the shocking fire that cleared most of Chicago in 1871. City

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