Montgomery History to Present ‘Nation’s Metropolis: The Economy, Politics, and Development of the Washington Region

A 2023 presentation on “Nation’s Metropolis” will be available to view on Montgomery History’s website from April 1-7.

Per the news release: “Nation’s Metropolis,” a book which describes how the National Capital Region functions as a metropolitan political economy, will be the focus of free online presentation of Montgomery History that will be available April 1-7. Authors Royce Hanson and Harold Wolman will discuss their new book and distinguish aspects of the Washington Region that reflect its characteristics as a national capital from those common to most other metropolitan regions and to other capitals.

In the presentation, which was originally created in July 2023, the authors employ an interdisciplinary approach that draws from economics, political science, sociology, geography and history.

To access the presentation starting Monday, April 1, go to

In their book authors Hanson and Wolman focus on four major themes: the Federal government as the region’s basic industry and its role in economic, physical and political development; race as a core force in the development of the metropolis; the mismatch of the governance and economy of the National Capital Region; and the conundrum of achieving fully democratic governance for Washington, D.C.

The authors concluded that the institutions and practices that accrued over the 19th and 20th centuries are inadequate for dealing effectively with the issues confronting the city and the region in the 21st Century. They said the accumulation of problems arising from the unique role of the Federal government and the persistent problem of racial inequality has been compounded by failure to resolve the conundrum of governance for the District of Columbia. They recommend rethinking the governance of the entire region.

While many books are concerned with the city of Washington, Nation’s Metropolis is the only book focused on the development and political economy of the metropolitan region as a whole.

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Now in its 17th year, the Kensington Day of the Book Festival is a family-friendly street festival featuring 150+ renowned authors, poets, and literary organizations. Enjoy live music on five stages, special guest speakers, military veteran writers and comedians, poetry readings, cookbook demos, children's program, and much more.

Admission is free, and attendees will also be able to explore a marketplace of books and food offerings from local vendors.

Not your average book festival! This festival offers something for everyone!

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

Instagram: @kensingtonbookfestival

Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

[email protected]

301-949-9416 (text preferred)

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