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Northwest Washington, D.C.: Tales from West of the Park

The red brick of old Georgetown, the streetcar lines of Tenleytown and the eclectic and stately homes of Cleveland Park -- the neighborhoods west of Rock Creek Park -- were the setting for the remarkable history of the United States capital. Amid the gardens of their Friendship Estate, the McLean family held lavish parties until they were laid low by the rumored curse of the Hope Diamond, and it was the fashionable residences of Woodley Park that attracted the senators and Cabinet members of the 1920s and 1930s. From the history of Georgetown College and American University to stories of runaway slaves seeking protection at Fort Reno, historian Mark N. Ozer charts the evolution of the storied neighborhoods of the nation's capital in "Northwest Washington, D.C.: Tales from West of the Park" (The History Press, 2011).Mark N. Ozer is a former professor of neurology at the Georgetown University Medical School and is currently a study group leader at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University. There he has lectured extensively on the history of most of the great cities of the world. He has translated this interest in a series of books on Washington. The first, "Washington, DC: Politics and Place," was followed by "Massachusetts Avenue in the Gilded Age," published in 2010.For captions, transcripts, and more information visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=5572.
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