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Washington : a history of our national city

by Lewis, Tom, 1942-

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction F194.L49 2015
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On January 24, 1791, President George Washington chose the site for the young nation's capital: ten miles square, it stretched from the highest point of navigation on the Potomac River, and encompassed the ports of Georgetown and Alexandria. From the moment the federal government moved to the District of Columbia in December 1800, Washington has been central to American identity and life. Shaped by politics and intrigue, poverty and largess, contradictions and compromises, Washington has been, from its beginnings, the stage on which our national dramas have played out.In Washington , the historian Tom Lewis paints a sweeping portrait of the capital city whose internal conflicts and promise have mirrored those of America writ large. Breathing life into the men and women who struggled to help the city realize its full potential, he introduces us to the mercurial French artist who created an ornate plan for the city " en grande " members of the nearly forgotten anti-Catholic political party who halted construction of the Washington monument for a quarter century and the cadre of congressmen who maintained segregation and blocked the city's progress for decades. In the twentieth century Washington's Mall and streets would witness a Ku Klux Klan march, the violent end to the encampment of World War I "Bonus Army" veterans, the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and the painful rebuilding of the city in the wake of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination."It is our national centre," Frederick Douglass once said of Washington, DC "it belongs to us, and whether it is mean or majestic, whether arrayed in glory or covered in shame, we cannot but share its character and its destiny." Interweaving the story of the city's physical transformation with a nuanced account of its political, economic, and social evolution, Lewis tells the powerful history of Washington, DC-the site of our nation's highest ideals and some of our deepest failures.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Lewis, a writer on the Skidmore College faculty, has produced the most reliable and useful one-volume history of the U.S. capital to date. Its unavoidable theme is the city's turbulent history of contending with the difficulties posed by Congress's exclusive jurisdiction over its affairs. Deftly written and enhanced by fitting illustrations, some of them rare and obscure, the book chronicles the city's vexed experience as a representatives' and speculators' playpen as well as the site of unrepresented American citizen's lives. Lively characters fill its pages: some unsavory, some admirable, and many unknown outside the District of Columbia. Lewis skillfully deals with the city's troubled race relations, a legacy of slavery. He also brings forth the city's gradual emergence as a world capital and, in the last 50 years, a city with its own vibrant high and popular culture. Like many historians of Washington, Lewis devotes excessive space to its early years and less to its recent ones, but this is a forgivable defect given the way the founders' decisions continue to mark, and hobble, the capital. Illus. Agent: Julia Kardon, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Social change -- Washington (D.C.) -- History.
City planning -- Washington (D.C.) -- History.
Political culture -- Washington (D.C.) -- History.
Washington (D.C.) -- History.
Washington (D.C.) -- Politics and government.
Washington (D.C.) -- Social conditions.
Publisher New York :2015
Language English
Description xxix, 521 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 437-493) and index.
ISBN 9780465039210
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