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Washington D.C. History



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Empire of Mud: The Secret History of Washington, DC

By J.D. Dickey

Lyons Press
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Empire of Mud: The Secret History of Washington, DC
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Washington, DC, gleams with stately columns and neoclassical temples, a pulsing hub of political power and prowess. But for decades it was one of the worst excuses for a capital city the world had ever seen. Before America became a world power in the twentieth century, Washington City was an eyesore at best and a disgrace at worst. Unfilled swamps, filthy canals, and rutted horse trails littered its landscape. Political bosses hired hooligans and thugs to conduct the nation's affairs. Legendary madams entertained clients from all stations of society and politicians of every party. The police served and protected with the aid of bribes and protection money. Beneath pestilential air, the city’s muddy roads led to a stumpy, half-finished obelisk to Washington here, a domeless Capitol Building there. Lining the streets stood boarding houses, tanneries, and slums. Deadly horse races gouged dusty streets, and opposing factions of volunteer firefighters battled one another like violent gangs rather than life-saving heroes. The city’s turbulent history set a precedent for the dishonesty, corruption, and mismanagement that have led generations to look suspiciously on the various sin--both real and imagined--of Washington politicians. Empire of Mud unearths and untangles the roots of our capital’s story and explores how the city was tainted from the outset, nearly stifled from becoming the proud citadel of the republic that George Washington and Pierre L'Enfant envisioned more than two centuries ago.

A History Lover's Guide to Washington, D.C.: Designed for Democracy (History & Guide)

By Alison Fortier

The History Press
Released: 2014-05-06
Paperback (240 pages)

A History Lover s Guide to Washington, D.C.: Designed for Democracy (History & Guide)
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This tour of the nation's capital goes beyond the traditional guidebook to offer a historical journey through the federal district. Visit the White House, the only executive home in the world regularly open to the public. Travel to President Lincoln's Cottage and see where he wrote the Emancipation Proclamation. Look around lesser-known sites, such as the grave of Pierre L'Enfant, the city's Botanical Gardens, the Old Post Office and a host of historical homes throughout the capital. From George Washington's Mount Vernon to the Kennedy Center, trek through each era of Washington, D.C., for a tour of America's most beloved sites. Join author and Washington insider Alison Fortier as she carefully curates an expedition to our shining city on a hill.

Washington: A History of Our National City

By Tom Lewis

Basic Books
Released: 2015-10-13
Hardcover (560 pages)

Washington: A History of Our National City
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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 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.

Very Washington DC: A Celebration of the History and Culture of America's Capital City

By Diana Hollingsworth Gessler

Gessler, Diana Hollingsworth
Hardcover (168 pages)

Very Washington DC: A Celebration of the History and Culture of America s Capital City
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A travel guide with character, this fact-filled keepsake offers all the history, beauty, charm, and culture of our nation's capital city. In eye-catching watercolors and detailed sketches, artist Diana Gessler captures the allure that makes Washington DC one of the most visited destinations in the country. In addition to the national landmarks, stirring memorials, and vibrant neighborhoods, there's the Cherry Blossom Festival, the Twilight Tattoo (a military pageant featuring the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and the U.S. Army Drill Team), colorful row houses, famous hotels and restaurants, and more museums than you'll be able to visit in just one trip.

Gessler covers the city's most popular attractions but also heads off the beaten path to share hidden gems, like the quirky Albert Einstein Memorial and Eastern Market, where you can dine on bluebucks and browse for flea market finds. Also included are an index of sites and a useful appendix of addresses, Web sites, Metro stops, and phone numbers.

Very Washington DC is a picture-perfect guidebook―a one-of-a-kind memento for tourists and a cherished reminder of the city's riches for those who have always lived in America's hometown.

Washington, D.C.: A Pictorial Celebration

By Jeanne Fogle Lyons

Sterling
Hardcover (160 pages)

Washington, D.C.: A Pictorial Celebration
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Jeanne Fogle Lyons—a historian, professor, and certified tour guide in Washington—and Elan Penn, the gifted photographer who created the superb From Sea to Shining Sea, combine their talents to create a breathtaking and fascinating homage to America’s capital city.

Lavish images of fabled monuments, world-famous museums, distinguished universities, and lush parks—all accompanied by fascinating background information—pay tribute to the beauty and history of Washington, D.C. From government buildings such as the Capitol, White House, and Supreme Court to outdoor statues of Ulysses S. Grant, Mary Leo Bethune, and Mahatma Gandhi, this unique visual tour captures the city’s riches as never before. Visit Mount Vernon, George Washington’s splendid home and plantation; the awe-inspiring Lincoln Memorial; the Arlington National Cemetery, where the eternal flame burns over John F. Kennedy’s grave; and the Smithsonian, which protects the glories of our past. Watch government at work at the Federal Triangle Department Buildings, see the lovely sculpture garden at the National Gallery, and feel the magnificence of sacred structures such as St. John’s of Lafayette Square. Every photo, from Ford’s Theatre, where Lincoln lost his life, to Maya Lin’s heartbreaking Vietnam Memorial, is inspirational.

Lost Washington, D.C.

By Paul Kelsey Williams

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Lost Washington, D.C.
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A nostalgic look at the important buildings lost in the capital city, following the changing transport of the city from horse-drawn streetcars to electric trolleys and steam trains crossing Maryland Avenue
 
Sites represented here include Hoover Airport, the Washington Arsenal, Fox Theater, Center Market, Matthew Brady's studio, the Old Navy Building, the Ebbit House Hotel, and General Noble Redwood Treehouse which stood on the Mall from 1894 to 1932. Lost buildings include the Washington Arsenal and Washington Penitentiary where the Lincoln conspirators were hanged and the distinctive Center Market building which was razed along with Arcade, Liberty, and Dutch Markets. Many theaters have gone and are represented here, including Victorian (Albaugh's Opera House) and Art Deco (Translux), but the grandiose Fox entrance remains to front a modern office block. Other sites include commerce on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, Baltimore and Portomac Railroad Station, faux castles such as Henderson's and Stewart's, the Corcoran School of Art, and many Victorian vistas of Washington from the top of the Capitol and Washington Monument.

Washington on Foot, Fifth Edition: 24 Walking Tours and Maps of Washington, DC, Old Town Alexandria, and Takoma Park

Smithsonian Books
Released: 2012-03-27
Paperback (240 pages)

Washington on Foot, Fifth Edition: 24 Walking Tours and Maps of Washington, DC, Old Town Alexandria, and Takoma Park
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The best way to see—really see—any city is on foot. The perennial favorite Washington on Foot has been completely revised and updated to offer 24 walking tours of Washington's neighborhoods. Familiar monuments and museums are all here, side-by-side with lesser-known historic sites and storied residential neighborhoods. Washington on Foot offers history, culture, architecture, urban planning, and more. It's the complete city in a tidy package and the only "outdoor" Washington guidebook needed. Ideal not only for visitors but for locals who truly want to get to know their city.

The updated fifth edition of this essential guide features user-friendly maps, architectural illustrations, historical and culture information, and much more.

A Kid's Guide to Washington, D.C.: Revised and Updated Edition

By Inc Harcourt

Sandpiper
Released: 2008-04-01
Paperback (160 pages)

A Kid s Guide to Washington, D.C.: Revised and Updated Edition
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For children on school trips or traveling with their families, here is kid-friendly information about popular monuments, museums, exhibits, shopping, sporting events--and even day trips outside the immediate metropolitan area.
     Originally published in 1989, this handy guide now features completely updated text and photographs, along with the puzzles, games, and wonderful tidbits of trivia that have made it one of the most useful D.C. guidebooks for children.
A Kid's Guide to Washington, D.C. is the perfect traveling companion for any youngster who wants to play an active role in planning a family vacation.
 
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Puzzles
Games
Trivia
And More!

A Neighborhood Guide to Washington, D.C.'s Hidden History (History & Guide)

By Jeanne Fogle

Brand: The History Press
Released: 2009-04-30
Paperback (160 pages)

A Neighborhood Guide to Washington, D.C. s Hidden History (History & Guide)
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- Get off the National Mall and enjoy nine walking and driving tours of Washington, D.C.’s historic neighborhoods.


- Discover the hidden history of the nation’s capital with tales of political intrigue, scandal, romance and tragedy.


- Experience the overlooked architectural and cultural treasures in such neighborhoods as Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan and Mount Vernon Square.



Owner of A Tour de Force Jeanne Fogle leads her readers through the hidden sites and history of Washington, D.C.’s neighborhoods. Charming sketches by Edward Fogle and vintage photographs accompany each tour, casting a new light on the city. Visitors and local alike will be surprised and delighted by the discoveries that can be made beyond the monuments.

Secrets of Our Nation's Capital: Weird and Wonderful Facts About Washington, DC

By Susan Schader Lee

Sterling Children's Books
Hardcover (160 pages)

Secrets of Our Nation s Capital: Weird and Wonderful Facts About Washington, DC
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Let’s visit Washington, DC—and learn some cool secrets about America’s capital! This book goes behind the scenes to uncover a treasure trove of little-known facts that will fascinate both kids and adults. Find out about the ghost cat that lives in the Capitol basement, why a bust of Lincoln has only one ear, which famous memorials live on the National Mall, and so much more. Word searches and short quizzes throughout make this fun compendium of history and trivia extra enjoyable.


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