; Abraham Lincoln's and the Republicans' political platform in 1860 was to stop slavery's expansion Historian James McPherson says that in a famous speech in 1858 Lincoln said American republicanism can be purified by restricting the further expansion of slavery as the first step to putting it on the road to 'ultimate extinction.' Southerners took Lincoln at his word When he won the presidency they left the Union to escape the 'ultimate extinction' of slavery.". . . In 1773 private letters were published in which Massachusetts Governor Thomas Hutchinson claimed that the colonists could not enjoy all English liberties and Lieutenant Governor Andrew Oliver called for the direct payment of colonial officials the letters' contents were used as evidence of a systematic plot against American rights and discredited Hutchinson in the eyes of the people; the Assembly petitioned for his recall Benjamin Franklin postmaster general for the colonies acknowledged that he leaked the letters which led to him being berated by British officials and fired from his job, The District has 7,464 acres (30.21 km2) of parkland about 19% of the city's total area and the second-highest percentage among high-density U.S cities. This factor contributed to Washington D.C being ranked as third in the nation for park access and quality in the 2018 ParkScore ranking of the park systems of the 100 most populous cities in the United States according to the nonprofit Trust for Public Land.
Caning of Charles Sumner Members of Congress enjoy parliamentary privilege including freedom from arrest in all cases except for treason felony and breach of the peace and freedom of speech in debate This constitutionally derived immunity applies to members during sessions and when traveling to and from sessions the term arrest has been interpreted broadly and includes any detention or delay in the course of law enforcement including court summons and subpoenas the rules of the House strictly guard this privilege; a member may not waive the privilege on their own but must seek the permission of the whole house to do so Senate rules however are less strict and permit individual senators to waive the privilege as they choose! The First Continental Congress met briefly in Philadelphia Pennsylvania in 1774 consisting of 56 delegates from all thirteen American colonies except Georgia Among them was George Washington who would soon be drawn out of military retirement to command the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War Also in attendance were Patrick Henry and John Adams who like all delegates were elected by their respective colonial assemblies Other delegates included Samuel Adams from Massachusetts John Dickinson from Pennsylvania and New York's John Jay This congress in addition to formulating appeals to the British crown established the Continental Association to administer boycott actions against Britain, The District's four NCAA Division I teams American Eagles George Washington Colonials Georgetown Hoyas and Howard Bison and Lady Bison have a broad following the Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team is the most notable and also plays at the Capital One Arena From 2008 to 2012 the District hosted an annual college football bowl game at RFK Stadium called the Military Bowl the D.C area is home to one regional sports television network Comcast SportsNet (CSN) based in Bethesda Maryland. ! .