Skip to main content Smithsonian Institution

Dream city : race, power, and the decline of Washington, D.C. / Harry Jaffe, Tom Sherwood

Catalog Data

Author:
Jaffe, Harry  Search this
Sherwood, Tom  Search this
Physical description:
xxiv, 489 pages ; 23 cm
Type:
Manuscripts
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
2014
1878-1967
1967-1995
1995-
Notes:
Subtitle on cover: Race, Power, And The Decline revival? of Washington D.C. (The word Decline is crossed out).
ANAC copy Purchased with Adopt-a-Book funds.
Summary:
With a new afterword covering the two decades since its first publication, two of Washington, D.C.'s most respected journalists expose one of America's most tragic ironies: how the nation's capital, often a gleaming symbol of peace and hope, is the setting for vicious contradictions and devastating conflicts over race, class, and power. Jaffe and Sherwood have chillingly chronicled the descent of the District of Columbia-congressional hearings, gangland murders, the establishment of home rule and the inside story of Marion Barry's enigmatic dynasty and disgrace. Now their afterword narrates the District's transformation in the last twenty years. New residents have helped bring developments, restaurants, and businesses to reviving neighborhoods. The authors cover the rise and fall of Mayors Adrian Fenty and Vince Gray, how new corruption charges are taking down politicians and businessmen, and how a fading Barry is still a player. The "city behind the monuments" remains flawed and polarized, but its revival is turning it into a distinct world capital - almost a dream city.
Topic:
Racism  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Social conditions  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1106152