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Historical dictionary of Washington, D.C.
Benedetto, Robert, 1950-
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Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
xxxi, 339 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
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F192 .B46 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Devoted to the history of our nation's capital, uniquely situated within a federal district created from land donated by the states of Maryland and Virginia, this Dictionary uses an A to Z approach to describe buildings, landmarks, events, and people, both living and dead, who have made an impact on Washington. Highlights: o Architects and city planners o Artists o Civil rights leaders o Educators o Mayors and administrators o Musicians and composers, and entertainers o Religious leaders o Scientists o Writers and poets The introduction, in narrative style, summarizes the history of government and economy, cultural life, education, parks, construction of the national capital, the war of 1812, the growth of the city, and much

Author Notes

Robert Benedetto is Associate Librarian and Associate Professor of Bibliography at Union Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia. Jane Donovan is a freelance writer. She is the author of five books, and her articles and photography have appeared in the Washington Post, Georgetown Courier, Virginia Heritage, and other publications. Kathleen DuVall is a freelance editor. Previously she worked as managing editor of Interpretation, a quarterly journal published by the Union Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian School of Christian Education.

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Booklist Review

Offering concise entries on structures, neighborhoods, events, institutions, people, and other topics that played a role in the history of the nation's capital, this volume is part of the Historical Dictionaries of Cities of the World series. RBB.

Choice Review

Benedetto et al.'s book will interest readers curious about the history of cities as well as librarians who will refer patrons to its entries on neighborhood development in the nongovernmental part of the city, famous local residents, important buildings of the municipal and federal government, monuments, religious buildings, and parks. The many cross-references give readers a sense of architectural history, real estate developers, musicians, historians, and the city's place in US history. The entry on slavery, for instance, describes buildings slaves worked to construct, an important abolitionist newspaper, and the churches that served as stations on the Underground Railroad. Useful features include a 50-page bibliography and lists of mayors and commissioners, annual events, archival collections, and architects of prominent buildings. A succinct, well-written guidebook for tourists tracking down sculpture, parks, and gardens. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Public libraries, large academic collections, and secondary media centers. H. H. Ives American University