Washington: A History of Our National City

Washington: A History of Our National City


On January 24, 1791, President George Washington selected the location for the younger nation’s capital: ten miles sq., it stretched from the top element of navigation at the Potomac River, and encompassed the ports of Georgetown and Alexandria. From the instant the government moved to the District of Columbia in December 1800, Washington has been valuable to American id and existence. formed by means of politics and intrigue, poverty and largess, contradictions and compromises, Washington has been, from its beginnings, the degree on which our nationwide dramas have performed out.

In Washington, the historian Tom Lewis paints a sweeping portrait of the capital urban whose inner conflicts and promise have reflected these of the USA writ huge. respiring existence into the lads and girls who struggled to aid the town discover its complete power, he introduces us to the mercurial French artist who created an ornate plan for the town “en grande”; contributors of the approximately forgotten anti-Catholic political social gathering who halted development of the Washington monument for 1 / 4 century; and the cadre of congressmen who maintained segregation and blocked the city’s growth for many years. within the 20th century Washington’s Mall and streets might witness a Ku Klux Klan march, the violent finish to the encampment of global battle I “Bonus military” veterans, the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and the painful rebuilding of the town within the wake of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.

“It is our nationwide center,” Frederick Douglass as soon as acknowledged of Washington, DC; “it belongs to us, and if it is suggest or majestic, even if arrayed in glory or coated in disgrace, we can't yet percentage its personality and its destiny.” Interweaving the tale of the city’s actual transformation with a nuanced account of its political, financial, and social evolution, Lewis tells the strong heritage of Washington, DC—the website of our nation’s maximum beliefs and a few of our private failures.

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