Date of Award

Spring 1996

Document Type

Restricted Thesis

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Black Studies Program, Political Science Department


This thesis examines how the case for District statehood is a solid one, but the prospects for "New Columbia" still depend upon the resolution of two hundred years of debate over D.C.'s political structure. Are residents truly invested in statehood as the best political course of action? And, will congressmen as the nation's most apt democratic practitioners internalize the rhetoric they offer newly emerging republics that democracy is good for both government and the economy? At the moment, the responses are not too certain, but an acute understanding of the surrounding political complexities can be gauged from an analysis of the District's historical background and policy issues. Methodology includes historical research and data analysis.