Washington burning: how a Frenchman's vision of our nation's capital survived Congress, the Founding Fathers, and the invading British Army
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|Grouping Title||washington burning how a frenchmans vision of our nations capital survived congress the founding fat|
|Grouping Author||standiford les|
|Last Grouping Update||2019-10-23 04:43:50AM|
|Last Indexed||2019-10-23 04:47:35AM|
|detailed_location_arlington||Central Adult Nonfiction|
Westover Adult Nonfiction
In 1814, British troops invaded and burned Washington; the White House still bears scorch and soot marks on its foundation stones. Until the British tried to obliterate it, many Americans remained violently opposed to the idea of Washington as the nation's capital. It was only after the British lesson in "hard war," designed to terrorize Americans, that the city became a locus of unity and national pride.
The dramatic story of how Washington, D.C., rose from a wilderness is a vital chapter in American history, filled with intrigue and outsized characters---from Pierre Charles L'Enfant, the eccentric, passionate, difficult architect who fell in love with his adopted country, to George Washington, who struggled to balance L'Enfant's enthusiasm for his brilliant design with the strident opposition of fiscal conservatives such as Thomas Jefferson. Their conflicts mirror the struggles of a fledgling nation to form a kind of government the world had not yet known, prefiguring similar battles fought in Congress today.
Utterly absorbing and scrupulously researched, Washington Burning offers a fresh perspective on the birth of not just a city but a nation.
|owning_library_arlington||Arlington Public Library|
Connection Crystal City
|subject_facet||Washington (D.C.) -- Buildings, structures, etc|
Washington (D.C.) -- History
Washington (D.C.) -- History -- Capture by the British, 1814
|title_display||Washington burning : how a Frenchman's vision of our nation's capital survived Congress, the Founding Fathers, and the invading British Army|
|title_full||Washington Burning How a Frenchman's Vision of Our Nation's Capital Survived Congress, the Founding Fathers, and the Invading British Army|
Washington burning : how a Frenchman's vision of our nation's capital survived Congress, the Founding Fathers, and the invading British Army / Les Standiford
|title_sub||how a Frenchman's vision of our nation's capital survived Congress, the Founding Fathers, and the invading British Army|