Index of Pages and Images

Pages Included in This Site:

I. Cover Page

II. Title Page Provides Introduction and a Table of Contents.

III. "No Negroes, Mulattoes, Pigs, or Soap Boiling:" Race in Anacostia Overview of racial transformation of Anacostia
Opportunity: Race in Anacostia through the Civil War

Making a Home: Reconstruction and Integration

The Changing Face: Public Housing and Urban Renewal

IV. "No One Seems to Object...Except the Public:" The Federal Government and Home Rule Overview of governmental factors affecting Anacostia and D.C. as a whole

Hard Won Battles: Territorial Government and Home Rule Provides historical understanding of the composition of the D.C. government, conditions for Home Rule, and a discussion of the current problems of the D.C. government

My Brother's Keeper: The Federal Government in D.C. A look various federal programs and federal agencies which oversee Washington, in particular the National Capital Planning Commission and its 1996 plan for the city.

V. "The Washington Everyone Comes to See:" Symbolic Architecture, Symbolic Solutions Overview of the federal government's building program and the symbolic associations federal buildings carry; also, the symbolic language used by federal planners to justify their redevelopment actions.

VI. "The Most Gigantic Business on Earth:" The Federal Government and the Local Economy A historical look at how the federal government became the dominant economy in the District, and a theoretical discussion of how this change has affected D.C. residents.

VII. Anacostia Today: A Photographic Essay 16 pages of photographs by the author. Some are slow loading. If you have a lethargic modem, you can access individual images through the list below.

Images included in this site:

Cover: includes a neighborhood map of Anacostia from the NCPC 1967 planning report; photo of white protesters of school integration in Anacostia reprinted in Nov. 1994 Journal of Urban History; photo of Frederick Douglass and his grandson reprinted in The Anacostia Story; and a photo of the trolley on Good Hope Rd. reprinted in The Anacostia Story.

In the Section on Race: image of Alethia Browning Tanner, reprinted in The Anacostia Story; photograph by the author of Cedar Hill, home of Frederick Douglass; photograph of lawyer John Moss reprinted in The Anacostia Story; photograph of parishioners of St. Augustine's church reprinted in The Anacostia Story; map of regional farmland from a 1928 NCPPC technical report; map of public housing projects in a 1950 NCPPC comprehensive plan for the District; map showing locations of deteriorated dwellings in D.C. from a 1965 NCPC report; map showing plan for decentralized government centers from a 1950 NCPPC comprehensive plan for D.C.; map showing residential densities as of 1965, from an NCPC report; photograph by the author of abandoned apartment housing in Congress Heights.

In the Section on Government: artist's rendition of a redeveloped South Capitol Street from the 1996 NCPC plan for D.C.

In the Section on Symbolic Architecture and Symbolic Language: 1908 Washington Evening Star cartoon lampooning The 1901 McMillan plan for the Mall, reprinted in The Federal Presence; 1931 Harper's cartoon titled "If Members of the House Dressed to Fit Their Surroundings" reprinted in The Federal Presence; photograph by the author of The Anacostia Museum.

In the Section on Economy: photograph by the author of the new Safeway and adjoining strip Mall on Alabama Road.

In the Photographic Essay:

Mural on the side of the D.C. Social Services Building on Martin Luther King Avenue. Blocks of the mural illustrate facets of life in D.C.

An abandoned 1920s-era house in Congress Heights, a formerly white neighborhood in Anacostia.

An example of turn-of-the-century houses in one of the older sections of Anacostia. Most have been replaced by row houses or by apartments.

Photographs of new home construction on Elvans Road and on Skyland Place.

In Congress Heights, the renovated Oxon Hill Apartments; across the street are several abandoned apartment buildings. Anacostia has one of the highest building vacancy rates in the District.

Another abandoned apartment complex comprising several large buildings on Wheeler Avenue in Congress Heights.

The D.C. Public Works notice to negligent property owners, "Clean It or Lien It."

The Anacostia Museum founded in 1967 as an experimental offshoot of the Smithsonian Institution.

Fort Stanton Park across from the museum. Anacostia was home to several Civil War forts which were converted to parkland in the 1920s.

In Uniontown, older single family homes and row houses abut 1950s and '60s apartment houses, an example of the conversion of Anacostia from home ownership to rentership.

Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue is the main commercial artery of Anacostia; here are views of an impounded car lot and a carry out soul food restaurant. Most restaurants except the Imani Cafehave been eat-out establishments. The World's Largest Chair also sits on MLK Ave., a reminder of a time when furniture stores and other large retail establishments were present.

Frederick Douglass's home in Uniontown, Cedar Hill and the view from his porch.

Anacostia's largest retail development in 20 years, the new Safeway and adjoining strip mall on Alabama Avenue.

The Frederick Douglass housing projects on Alabama Avenue; across the street, the renovated Parklands Apartments and adjoining strip mall

Mural on the side of the Anacostia Senior Center, corner of Howard and MLK Aves.

Mural painted by residents of the Sheridan Terrace public housing project, now abandoned and scheduled for demolition.

Renovated 1940s apartments and townhomes in Skyland; upscale apartment living in the north end of Anacostia in Marbury Plaza Apartments.