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Using Pictures that Idealize and Idolize

I chose the idealized picture of Washington above to include in my rhyming history, Liberty-Loving Lafayette. The reason I used this instead of the usual staid images painted by Gilbert Stuart et al is simple. I think it shows how the very young Lafayette might have imagined his hero when he was pondering coming to fight on the American side. He might not have pictured an angel crowning Washington with a laurel wreath, but Lafayette certainly did idolize the man.

 

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