Thats the political point from Les Standiford, author of Washington Burning: How a Frenchmans Vision of our Nations Capital Survived Congress, The Founding Fathers and the Invading British Army (Crown).
Standiford outlines little known facts about the founding of Washington D.C., including the South threatening to secede from the Union in 1790 if the capital was placed in New York or Philadelphia as planned.
And when it comes to the first ever terrorist attack on the States when British troops burned down nearly every public building in D.C. in 1814 Americans arent as smart as they think.
He says, People say, Oh yeah, I heard something about that, but they dont really know.
Standiford details George Washingtons backroom deal with Northern Congressmen to secure D.C. as the location for the Capitol.
He says, Most Americans dont realize what a bone of contention it was to even create D.C. If the Capital was in New York, wed have two nations. It was that serious.
Washington Burning is out now.
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