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Democracy's Capital: Black Political Power in Washington, D.C., 1960s-1970s

Lauren Pearlman


From its 1790 founding until 1974, Washington, D.C.--capital of "the land of the free"--lacked democratically elected city leadership. Fed up with governance dictated by white stakeholders, federal officials, and unelected representatives, local D.C. activists catalyzed a new phase of the fight for home rule. Amid the upheavals of the 1960s, they gave expression to the frustrations of black residents and wrestled for control of their city. Bringing together histories of the carceral and welfare states, as well as the civil rights and Black Power movements, Lauren Pearlman narrates this struggl ... More

Keywords: Washington, D.C., Civil Rights, War on Poverty, War on Crime, black politics, urban renewal, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Home Rule, law and order

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469653907
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653907.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lauren Pearlman, author
University of Florida