The Capital: TheScene at ZIP Code 20013


In an elm-lined meadow between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, the 15-acre "Resurrection City" slowly began to take shape last week. As thousands of poor Negroes, Indians, Mexican Americans and a few Appalachian whites wound toward the capital in eight separate caravans from as far off as Seattle, Boston and Edwards, Miss., volunteer carpenters hammered together more than 200 tent-shaped, 10-ft. by 20-ft. plywood-and-plastic shelters to house them.

The enterprise could not be under rated as an imaginative appeal to the nation's conscience, but it was clearly headed for...

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