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date: 09 April 2020

Washington, D.C.locked

  • Anja Schüler

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The population of the District of Columbia is characterized by the duality of both its long-time residents and its more transient citizens, often brought there by government-related employment. This duality is also reflected in the coexistence of the “official” Washington on Capitol Hill and the National Mall and the neighborhoods that make up the local community, and also in Washington politics, which must strive for a balance of federal and local interests.

A version of this article originally appeared in The Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present.

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