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Historical Dictionary of Washington, D.C.
Historical Dictionary of Washington DC Author:Robert Benedetto, Jane Donovan, Kathleen DuVall "Devoted to the history of our nation's capital, uniquely situated within a federal district created from land donated by the states of Maryland and Virginia, this Dictionary uses an A to Z approach to describe buildings, landmarks, events, and people, both living and dead, who have made an impact on Washington- architects and city planners, art... more »ists, civil rights leaders, educators, mayors and administrators, musicians and composers, real estate developers, religious leaders, scientists, singers and entertainers, writers and poets. The introduction, in narrative style, summarizes the history of government and economy, cultural life, education, parks, construction of the national capital, the war of 1812 and the growth of the city, the civil war, federal control of the city, beautification of the city, the Great Depression, the war years, the civil rights movement, and urban problems. A chronology and substantial bibliography round out this work."« less