Washington (volume 2); The Capital City, And Its Part In The History Of The Nation by Rufus Rockwell Wilson

Washington (volume 2); The Capital City, And Its Part In The History Of The Nation

byRufus Rockwell Wilson

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1901. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIV A NEW ERA AND A NEW CITY "TT was my misfortune," said Grant in his last A annual message to Congress, " to be called to the office of Chief Executive without any previous political training," and when his second term was ended he confessed that he had failed in the discharge of an unfamiliar task. His years in the Presidency, nevertheless, marked a turning-point in the history of the country. The war was now a memory. The period of reconstruction was past. Natural legal and political conditions had been in large part restored, and repaired economic forces, both North and South, were gathering head for new achievements. The national spirit, when it took stock of its re-; sources at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, awoke at last to full consciousness of its strength, and, subordinating every other sentiment to that of hope, a reunited and homogeneous people turned with pride and joy to face the long future of peace, prosperity, and growing greatness in store for their common country. The birth of a new era found Washington transformed into a capital worthy of the republic. The federal city, in 1860, had attained a population of nearly seventy thousand inhabitants; but its growth had been slow, and it remained in reality little better than an overgrown village, far inferior to many State capitals in beauty, size, and comfort. Its houses, as a rule, were built of wood, and plain to the point of ugliness. There were no regular grades throughout the city, and most of its walks and avenues were unpaved and ill kept. The entire water supply came from pumps and springs. The sewerage system was fatally defective, and the wide, shallow canal which extended from the Potomac nearly to Capitol Hill was a diseasebreeding receptacle for the city's...

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Title:Washington (volume 2); The Capital City, And Its Part In The History Of The NationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:92 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:January 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217969933

ISBN - 13:9780217969932

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