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Empire of mud : the secret history of Washington, DC

Author: Jeff Dickey
Publisher: Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Today, Washington, DC, gleams with stately columns and neoclassical memorials, but for decades it was one of the worst excuses for a capital city the world had ever seen. Before America became a world power, Washington City--as it was known for most of the nineteenth century--was an eyesore at best and a disgrace at worst. Unfilled swamps, filthy canals, and rutted horse trails littered its landscape. Beneath  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeff Dickey
ISBN: 9780762787012 0762787015
OCLC Number: 870987196
Description: xviii, 301 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Capital movers --
The Capital archipelago --
A plague of waters --
A mechanic's guide to Washington City --
Driving souls --
The company they kept --
Coming to the scratch --
Illicit congress --
Seeing the elephant --
Suspicious characters --
The fall of Washington City --
A gilded cage --
Epilogue: The sea of pavement.
Responsibility: J.D. Dickey.

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Empire of Mud unearths and untangles the roots of our capital's beginnings and explores how the city was tainted from the start, its turbulent history setting a precedent for the dishonesty and  Read more...

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Dickey brings the place to life, relating how it looked, felt, and fuctioned...An entertaining story for local history enthusiasts or general readers eager to peek into the curiosities and scandals Read more...

 
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