The Long Path to Freedom: Sources of Legal History of Washington, D.C. in the Home Rule Era. An Annotated Bibliography


Christopher Anglim
University of the District of Columbia, Washington DC, USA

Series: Political Science and History
BISAC: POL030000

This book is the only annotated bibliography of primary and secondary works documenting the history of home rule in the District of Columbia. How the District should be governed has long been controversial and its current governing framework is the product of a tortured evolution. The issue essentially has been the debating for over 200 years of how much power local residents should have over a city that also serves as the nation’s capital.

This larger question of federalism is also reflected in many subsidiary questions, such as those involving taxation, the power of local officials, zoning, and who is authorized to make decisions on major health issues such abortion, euthanasia, and marijuana. While many of these issues may be local to DC, decisions regarding them can greatly impact the nation as a whole. It is frequently argued that DC residents do not receive an equal voice with residents of the states. Such a paradox raises thorny questions concerning how truly equal and democratic is the United States of America. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. A New Capital for a New Nation

Chapter 2. Who Governs the District?

Chapter 3. The Quest for Self-Representation

Chapter 4. The Home Rule Era, 1974 to Present

Chapter 5. The Relationship Between the District and the Federal Government

Chapter 6. Proposals for Change

Chapter 7. Major D.C. Issues Under Home Rule


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