Hidden History of Alexandria, DC
By Michael Lee Pope
New. Paperback. 154 pages. Black and white historic photos, paintings and sketches.
The History Press, 2011
When Virginia ceded Alexandria to Washington, DC, it became a city hidden in plain sight.
The history of Alexandria, DC, began in 1791 with a gentleman's conspiracy. Political smokescreens and backroom deals involving George Washington set the new capital on both sides of the Potomac. Yet what first seemed an economic boon for the port city descended into an economic quagmire with a judicial vacuum. The streets were rocked by the lawlessness of a dueling mania, devastating fires and a draconian court system that sent petty thieves to the gallows.