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Democracy's CapitalBlack Political Power in Washington, D.C., 1960s-1970s$
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Lauren Pearlman

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469653907

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653907.001.0001

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Make D.C. Mean Democracy’s Capital

Make D.C. Mean Democracy’s Capital

(p.1) Introduction Make D.C. Mean Democracy’s Capital
Democracy's Capital

Lauren Pearlman

University of North Carolina Press

This introduction outlines the basic parameters of the city-federal relationship, explaining how Congress’s broad controls over the nation’s capital made Washington, D.C., unique among American cities. It discusses D.C.’s civil rights movement, race relations, and urban renewal legislation from the 1930s through the 1950s. It emphasizes Great Society, War on Crime, and civil rights policies and highlights the book’s central argument, main themes, and key local and national actors. The introduction provides background on local groups like the Metropolitan Washington Board of Trade, the Federal Citizens Associations, and Downtown Progress, as well as Congressional leaders like Senator Theodore Bilbo and Representative John L. McMillan.

Keywords:   Washington, D.C., Civil rights movement, Race relations, Urban renewal, Great Society, War on Crime, Washington Board of Trade, Senator Theodore Bilbo, Representative John L. McMillan

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