Through intense clashes over funds and programming, Washington residents pushed for greater participatory democracy and community control. However, the anticrime apparatus built by the Johnson and Nixon administrations curbed efforts to achieve true home rule. As Pearlman reveals, this conflict laid the foundation for the next fifty years of D.C. governance, connecting issues of civil rights, law and order, and urban renewal.
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A must-read for students of modern black politics and mass incarceration. Pearlman illuminates the complicated ways that local and national white power brokers used the wars on poverty and crime to limit the radical possibilities of Black Power activism in the nation's preeminent chocolate city.George Derek Musgrove, co-author of Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital