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Inauguration Weekend Dispatches From The National Mall, America’s ‘Stage For Democracy’

Despite security and infrastructure concerns, the public space was host to the nation’s most divisive ceremonies and protests

Attendees wave flags at the National Mall during the 57th presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., Jan. 21, 2013. President Barack H. Obama was elected to a second four-year term in office Nov. 6, 2012. More than 5,000 U.S. Service members participated in or supported the inauguration. Image via Wikimedia commons.

On January 20, Americans focused their attention on Washington, D.C., as the presidential inauguration ceremony took place on the National Mall, a place that urban scholars, geographers and historians refer to as a “stage for democracy.”

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