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"Aliens in the District of Columbia" -early efforts by D.C. residents to regain their rights E-mail

D.C.'s quest to be treated equal to citizens who live in states has been an intergenerational project. Historian Mark David Richards writes in The Mail about early efforts by residents of the District of Columbia to regain the right to self-government that they lost in 1800 with the creation of the District of Columbia and the passage by Congress of the Organic Act of 1801.

 

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Myths about D.C. E-mail
In the March 29, 2000 edition of the online newsletter The Mail, District historian Mark David Richards debunks several common myths about the District of Columbia -- that it was built in a swamp and the history of the District Clause in Article 1 of the Constitution. 
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The Role of Presidents in Local D.C. History E-mail
Mark David Richards, a D.C. sociologist and historian, discusses how different presidents have been advocates or adversaries for the residents of the nation's capital, Washington, D.C.
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