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Selected Print Bibliography
The following books from the Library's print collections provide additional reading about the history and culture of Washington, D.C. Links will display the bibliographic record for the book from the Library's Online Catalog.
Before the passage of critical preservation legislation in 1978, the Nation's Capital lost an irreplaceable assembly of architecturally and culturally significant buildings. Wanton destruction in the name of progress--particularly in the decades immediately following World War II--resulted in a legacy forever lost, a cultural heritage destroyed by the wrecker's ball. By reminding us of things lost, James Goode's magisterial and poignant study represented a comprehensive call for action, a mandate for responsible stewardship of the architectural legacy of Washington, DC. Both the familiar public Washington of official landmarks and the private city of residential neighborhoods are paid tribute in this volume, dedicated to the vanished. At once a visual delight, a fascinating social history, and an eloquent appeal for ongoing awareness, Capital Losses reveals the Washington that was and how it became what it is today. This updated edition includes eighteen more treasures lost and ninety additional historic photographs.
Leaders of the American Revolution envisioned the United States as the next great world empire. George Washington and his allies, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, believed that the capital of that empire should be a commercial as well as political emporium. They spearheaded the effort to place it on the Potomac and make Virginia a preeminent commercial state. The Creation of Washington, D.C. covers the political struggle between the North and the South over the location of the American capital city and explains the origin of Congress's exclusive jurisdiction over the city.
First Freed brings the voices of ordinary people from the margins to the center of the history of the nation's capital. These exceptional public histories document the agency of District of Columbia African Americans as a means to resist ever-growing social vulnerabilities, economic vicissitudes, and political shifts. These are a selected group of public history essays that focus on the history of African Americans redefining the contested space of freedom in Washington, DC. It is a narrative that draws on a vast repository of privately held church records, diaries, community organization documents, local educational studies, emancipation parade ephemera, and newspaper data to examine how African Americans struggled against legal edicts and social practices designed to circumscribe their progress.
This guide book details more than 150 sites and institutions that have shaped black history and traditions, both in this particular community and throughout the country. "The Guide to Black Washington" weaves together historical overviews, lively anecdotes, and plenty of practical information.
When the first shots of the Civil War were fired in 1861, Washington, D.C., was a small, essentially Southern city. The capital rapidly transformed as it prepared for invasion--army camps sprung up in Foggy Bottom, the Navy Yard on Anacostia was a beehive of activity and even the Capitol was pressed into service as a barracks. Local citizens and government officials struggled to accommodate the fugitive slaves and troops that crowded into the city. From the story of one of the first African American army surgeons, Dr. Alexander Augusta, to the tireless efforts of Clara Barton, historian Lucinda Prout Janke renders an intimate portrait of a community on the front lines of war. Join Janke as she guides readers through the changing landscape of a capital besieged.
1860- The American capital is sprawling, fractured, squalid, colored by patriotism and treason, and deeply divided along the political lines that will soon embroil the nation in bloody conflict. Chaotic and corrupt, the young city is populated by bellicose congressmen, Confederate conspirators, and enterprising prostitutes. Soldiers of a volunteer army swing from the dome of the Capitol, assassins stalk the avenues, and Abraham Lincoln struggles to justify his presidency as the Union heads to war. Reveille in Washingtonfocuses on the everyday politics and preoccupations of Washington during the Civil War. From the stench of corpse-littered streets to the plunging lace on Mary Lincoln's evening gowns, Margaret Leech illuminates the city and its familiar figures-among them Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, William Seward, and Mary Surratt-in intimate and fascinating detail. Leech's book remains widely recognized as both an impressive feat of scholarship and an uncommonly engrossing work of history.
The efforts of Washington's African-American community to establish unity within itself, and to win recognition from white Washingtonians- and conversely, the efforts of a minority of white Washingtonians to effect an understanding with the African American community-make this a fascinating story. Originally published in 1967.
History of Washington originally published in two parts. Washington: Village and Capital, 1800-1878 about the development of Washington D.C., as a village and capital from 1800 to 1878, and as a city capital from 1879 to 1950.
This book is a guide to the 750,000 photographs of people and places in Washington, D.C. and its environs which are included in the vast holdings of the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress. The guide was produced to stimulate new research interest in subjects related to Washington, D.C., and is designed for use in planning research strategies prior to visiting the Library's Prints and Photographs Division. Item is available online via HathiTrust (link in catalog record).
When Worthy of the Nation first appeared in 1977, it won much acclaim for its comprehensive treatment of Washington's design and urban development. Now the story has been brought up to the present, tracing the first thirty years of home rule for the District through the completion of the National Museum of the American Indian and the World War II Memorial in the early twenty-first century. Frederick Gutheim and Antoinette J. Lee begin with L'Enfant's survey of 1791, the uneven growth of Washington City as an early port, its rapid expansion during the Civil War, and the McMillan Plan of 1901-1902, inspired by the City Beautiful movement. They consider the close relationship between the growth in national ambitions and responsibilities and the density of the governmental presence--offices, facilities, military outposts, parks, and multiplying statuary and memorials. Gutheim and Lee also survey residential communities, commercial districts, and transportation infrastructure. They outline various efforts to shape and channel the phenomenal growth of the city during the twentieth century, including controversial attempts to rehabilitate some neighborhoods while largely destroying others in the name of urban renewal. Illustrated with plans, maps, and new and historic photographs, the second edition of Worthy of the Nation provides researchers and general readers with an appealing and authoritative view of the planning and evolution of the federal district.