Thursday, May 21, 2009

Federal City View

Federal City View
Ralph Spencer
June 2009
Color Photographs
Photography of the Nations's Capital.A photo essay of Washington, D.C. from a different point of view.

Before "Chocolate City" there was "Federal City" — destination of
freedman, aid station for Union soldiers, and mecca for dreamers.
Article One of the United States Constitution provides for a federal
district, distinct from the states, to serve as the permanent national capital.

The centers of all three branches of the federal government of the United
States are located in the District, as are many of the nation’s monuments
and museums. The United States Congress has supreme authority over
Washington, D.C.; residents of the city therefore have less self-governance
than residents of the states.

The District has a non-voting at-large Congressional
delegate, but no senators. D.C. residents could not vote in presidential
elections until 1961. D.C. has always had a significant African American
population and this is reflected in the architecture and scenery of the city.