“Washington: A History of Our National City”
By Tom Lewis
560 pp., Basic Books
Reviewed by Dr. Márcia Balisciano
Founding Director, Benjamin Franklin House, London
In Tom Lewis’ immaculately researched history, “Washington: A History of Our National City,” we get a chronology of the people, political wrangling, and racial injustice marking the creation and evolution of Washington, DC.
Lewis relates that the idea that a national capital should arise at the junction of the Colonial North and South was not a fait accompli. It was the fruit of bargaining between those like James Madison and Thomas Jefferson — who wanted a southerly seat of national government — and Alexander Hamilton, who desired a US Treasury and congressional assumption of Revolutionary War debt as a way of ensuring the political and economic survival of the new nation.
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