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Washington DC: The World Capital in The American Century 1941-1990

Mark N. Ozer

Washington DC and the American Century continues Mark N. Ozer’s perusal of the history and development of the Nation’s Capital. This volume examines how the capital was affected—and reflected—the role of the United States as the leading world power of the 20th century. It speaks about how it became a capital city that strove to represent “the spirit of a constitutional republic and the epitome of enlightened capitalism.” As in his other books, readers will find Ozer’s latest offering to be marked by “a keen ability to relate politics, architecture, and urban development together in concise, pithy, and insightful discussions.

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Washington DC and the American Century continues Mark N. Ozer’s perusal of the history and development of the Nation’s Capital. This volume examines how the capital was affected—and reflected—the role of the United States as the leading world power of the 20th century. It speaks about how it became a capital city that strove to represent “the spirit of a constitutional republic and the epitome of enlightened capitalism.” As in his other books, readers will find Ozer’s latest offering to be marked by “a keen ability to relate politics, architecture, and urban development together in concise, pithy, and insightful discussions.” Donald Kennon, Vice-President for Research, U.S. Capitol Historical Society (Ret.)

Table of Contents

  • Table of Contents
  • INTRODUCTION
  • CHAPTER 1 MOBILIZATION FOR WAR 1938-1945
    • Introduction
    • The Election of 1938
    • The March on Washington
    • Mobilization for War
    • The Grand Alliance
    • The Election of 1944
    • Second World War Two Memorials
  • CHAPTER 2 THE TRUMAN PRESIDENCY/ POST-WAR ERA 1945-1952
    • Introduction
    • Demobilization
    • The Fair Deal
    • The Korean War
    • The Great Foreign Policy Debate/The Cold War Debate
    • The Legacy in Washington of the Truman Years
  • CHAPTER 3 THE EISENHOWER YEARS 1953-1961
    • Introduction
    • The Men Around Him
    • The Two Dulles Brothers
    • The Tide of Civil Rights
    • The Legacy in Washington of the Eisenhower Years
  • CHAPTER 4 THE KENNEDY-JOHNSON YEARS 1960-1968
    • Introduction
    • The Election of 1960
    • The Thousand Days
    • The Kennedy Legacy in Washington DC
    • The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
    • The Civil Right Act of 1964
    • The Election of 1964
    • The Election of 1966
    • The Legacy in Washington DC of President Lyndon Johnson
    • The Viet Nam Veterans Memorial
    • The Great Society Subway
  • CHAPTER 5 THE YEARS OF RICHARD NIXON AND HIS SUCCESSION 1968-1976
    • Introduction
    • The Election of 1968
    • Detente
    • The Election of 1972
    • The Constitutional Crisis
    • The Ford Succession
  • CHAPTER 6 THE CARTER PRESIDENCY 1976-1980
    • Introduction
    • Competence and Compassion
    • The Limits of Power
    • The Iranian Crisis
    • The Carter Legacy in Washington
    • The United States Holocaust Memorial and Museum
  • CHAPTER 7 THE REAGAN PRESIDENCY 1980-1988
    • Introduction
    • Hollywood on the Potomac
    • Supply Side Economics
    • The Course of the Cold War
    • The Iran-Contra Affair
    • The Legacy of Ronald Reagan in Washington
  • CHAPTER 9 THE GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH SUCCESSION 1980-1984
    • Introduction
    • The End of the Cold War
    • The Gulf War
    • The New World Order
  • LIST OF FIGURES
  • WORKS CONSULTED
  • INDEX
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Washington DC: The World Capital in The American Century 1941-1990
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