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Palgrave Macmillan

Washington 101

An Introduction to the Nation's Capital

ISBN 9781137433381
Publication Date June 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Washington, DC is much more than a city of politicians, cherry blossoms, and national landmarks. Washington 101 offers a comprehensive academic introduction to the richness and diversity of the nation's capital. Each of the book's ten chapters explores key features of Washington from both past and present perspectives that make it unique as a symbolic city, a political city, and as a living city. Topics covered in the book include Washington's urban design and architecture, its memorials and museums, local and national politics, the regional economy, and the neighborhoods and people of the city and surrounding suburbs. This book draws upon a variety of intellectual approaches and a wealth of academic research to explain Washington in a manner that is clear, accessible, and engaging.

Matthew N. Green is Associate Professor of Politics at The Catholic University of America. He is the author of The Speaker of the House: A Study of Leadership and has authored or coauthored a number of articles about American politics and political institutions.

Julie Yarwood is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at The Catholic University of America. She is currently working on her dissertation, which examines the links between religion and politics during the New Deal through the perspective of local religious leaders.

Laura G. Daughtery, PhD is Associate Professor at the National Catholic School of Social Service, The Catholic University of America. She is a licensed practitioner with more than a decade of experience in Washington, DC. Prior to joining NCSSS, Daughtery spent more than two decades as a print and broadcast journalist covering Washington, DC.

Maria Mazzenga, PhD is Education Archivist at the American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives of The Catholic University of America. Her research and publications focus on US society and culture in the 1920-1950 period and American Catholic life. She is the author of American Religious Responses to Kristallnacht.

1. Rome on the Potomac: The Classical Architecture of Washington
2. Memorialization, the Mall, and the National Imagination
3. A City of Magnificent Museums
4. Institutions, Power, and Political Community in Washington
5. A Center of American Protest
6. Political Host to the World
7. Home Rule, Race, and Revenue: The Local Politics of Washington
8. Chocolate City, Vanilla Swirl, or Something Else? Race and Ethnicity in City and Region
9. The Economic Life and Development of a Capital City
10. Neighborhoods and Suburban Communities of Washington


"Admittedly written as the text for a course on the nation's capital, this book provides a sprightly, informative, and often illuminating portrait of Washington, D.C. Although aimed at D.C. college students, it could also act as a travel guide...the audience could be wide...the book's ten chapters eloquently and adroitly explore such subjects as Washington's heritage of design (the L'Enfant Plan and the McMillan Commission), its memorials and monumentality, its host of museums, its politics, its economy, and its society, rich and poor. The authors especially focus on the city's unique and constraining geographic and political boundaries and Washington's long, rich, but troubled racial history. Unlike a travel guide, all of these discussions are finely nuanced." - J. F. Bauman, University of Southern Maine, Choice January 2015 52:52-2735
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