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The Essential Guide
The Essential Guide
The Forging of an American Political Tradition

51 2 Social Organization in Washington’s Suburbia The middle-class blacks in this study live in placid suburban subdivi-sions. They don’t open their front doors to find people of dubiouscharacter congregating on their stoops; they don’t worry about how to negotiate sidewalks blocked by clumps of suspicious-looking strangers; and they aren’t concerned that when night falls their cars will be broken into or vandalized.1 There are no strangers wandering aim- lessly through Lakeview, Riverton, or Sherwood Park. Indeed, any kind of street activity is rare here: much

XII. ON TO WASHINGTON T H E BELIEFS of the People's Party enjoyed a pervasive currency in many quarters during the early and middle 1890's. Coxey's Army, an organi- zation of unemployed whose march to Washington in 1894 originated in the depression following the Panic of 1893, had features in common with Populism. The social inequities leading to farmer-worker cooper- ation in the People's Party were the mainspring of the army, as un- employed mining and industrial workers banded together for a protest at the nation's capital against their economic distress

NATIONAL FORESTS IN WASHINGTON The seven national forests in Washington are in U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region 6, located at 333 SW 1st Avenue, Portland, OR 97208. The national forests in Washington occupy 7.7 million acres and 21 wildernesses. 310 Olympic NF Gifford Pinchot NF Gifford Pinchot NF Umatilla NF Idaho Panhandle NF Colville NF Okanogan NF Wenatchee NFMt. Baker– Snoqualmie NF 0 50 100 Miles N Colville National Forest SIZE AND LOCATION: Approximately 1.1 million acres in northeastern Wash- ington, on either side of the Columbia River and

Aesthetics at Washington N A M E R I C A N citizen who has gone abroad to study a refined art presents himself before his fellow countrymen at dis- advantage. To the uninitiated his very departure from these shores is an accusation of the fatherland. If he sail away to strike the whale on the Pacific, or load his hold with the precious teeth, and gums, and sands of Africa, it is well; but to live for years among Italians, French- men, and Germans, for the sake of breathing the air of high art, ancient and modern, this is shrewdly thought by many to show

PORTRAIT SKETCH OF GEORGE WASHINGTON (No. i9) By G I L B E R T S T U A R T ( 1755-1828) Canvas, 27 by 2 3 ^ inches THE NAME of Gilbert Stuart is familiar to every American schoolchild, and immediately brings to mind that of the "Father of His Country!' The painter of so many American patriots was actually a Tory, however, and had left his native country in 1775 for Lon- don, where he worked under Benjamin West. There he achieved success after impecu- nious beginnings, for a time earning his bread as a church organist, but his spendthrift ways kept him in

C H A P T E R I X The New Washington How, then, has the American political system changed? Will the institu- tional changes described in these pages seem full of sound and fury, but little else, a generation from now? I think not. The most recent era of political change politicized and nationalized a great many choices in society, driven in significant measure by a fundamental American po- litical value, equality. The period of reaction that followed expressed doubts about the changes made (but did not repudiate them) and re- flected the reservations of a

C H A P T E R I The Old Washington Talking and drinking well were valued skills among professional politi- cians of the old school. Alben Barkley, who spent over forty years as a congressman, senator, and, ultimately, vice president to Harry Truman in the old Washington was good at both. At home in the Senate cloak- room with a bourbon in one hand and a story on his lips, he would charm his listeners and then, all other things being equal, return to the floor to gather in their votes. If Barkley could return to Washington now, Rip-Van-Winkle-like, the