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The Resource Washington : a history of our national city, Tom Lewis

Washington : a history of our national city, Tom Lewis

Label
Washington : a history of our national city
Title
Washington
Title remainder
a history of our national city
Statement of responsibility
Tom Lewis
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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 center,' 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"--
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
975.3
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
F194
LC item number
.L49 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Washington : a history of our national city, Tom Lewis
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 437-493) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Concerns of the Nation -- Prologue: The "Mutinous Insult" -- The General's River and the Federal City -- Planners, Speculators, and Slaves -- "The Most Agreeable Town" -- Rebuilding and Growing -- The Bifurcated Southern National City -- Union National City -- The Making of an Undemocratic City -- Gilded Neighbors, Progressive City -- L'Enfant Redivivus -- Washington Apartheid and the End of Innocence -- Normalcy and Neglect -- New Deal City -- War City -- World Capital, Congressional Town -- Free Fall and After
Control code
ocn910936130
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxix, 521 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780465039210
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015022843
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o910936130
  • (OCoLC)910936130
Label
Washington : a history of our national city, Tom Lewis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 437-493) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Concerns of the Nation -- Prologue: The "Mutinous Insult" -- The General's River and the Federal City -- Planners, Speculators, and Slaves -- "The Most Agreeable Town" -- Rebuilding and Growing -- The Bifurcated Southern National City -- Union National City -- The Making of an Undemocratic City -- Gilded Neighbors, Progressive City -- L'Enfant Redivivus -- Washington Apartheid and the End of Innocence -- Normalcy and Neglect -- New Deal City -- War City -- World Capital, Congressional Town -- Free Fall and After
Control code
ocn910936130
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxix, 521 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780465039210
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015022843
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o910936130
  • (OCoLC)910936130

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