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Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, Boston, MA

Created under the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration by Stanley Scott, this linocut shows Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market in Boston in the 1930s. Faneuil Hall has been a marketplace and a meeting hall since 1742. It was and still is the site of political meetings, notably speeches by Samuel Adams, James Otis, and others encouraging independence. Quincy market was constructed as an indoor pavillion in 18241826 and named in honor of Mayor Josiah Quincy (a relative of Abigail Adams), who organized its construction without any tax or debt. Boston still looks just like this, except that now the cars aren't allowed there.
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