The Resource Empire of mud : the secret history of Washington, DC, J.D. Dickey

Empire of mud : the secret history of Washington, DC, J.D. Dickey

Label
Empire of mud : the secret history of Washington, DC
Title
Empire of mud
Title remainder
the secret history of Washington, DC
Statement of responsibility
J.D. Dickey
Title variation
Secret history of Washington, DC
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 pestilential air, the town's muddy roads led to a half-finished Washington Monument, a domeless Capitol Building, and the wasteland of the National Mall. Boarding houses and slums lined the streets. Legendary madams entertained clients from all stations of society. Mobs and duelists ran amok with near impunity, and political bosses dispatched hooligans and thugs to conduct the nation's affairs. Featuring a rich cast of characters from radical journalists to slave traders and enterprising criminals, this book untangles the roots of our capital's beginnings to explore how the city was tainted from the start, setting a precedent for the dishonesty and mismanagement that have prompted generations to look suspiciously on the deeds of its politicians ever since.--From publisher description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dickey, Jeff
Dewey number
975.3
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F197
LC item number
.D53 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Washington (D.C.)
  • Washington (D.C.)
Label
Empire of mud : the secret history of Washington, DC, J.D. Dickey
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-289) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 301 pages
Isbn
9780762787012
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2014015136
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)870987196
  • 551483
  • (OCoLC)ocn870987196
  • 551483
Label
Empire of mud : the secret history of Washington, DC, J.D. Dickey
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-289) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 301 pages
Isbn
9780762787012
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2014015136
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)870987196
  • 551483
  • (OCoLC)ocn870987196
  • 551483

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