Why is D.C. Not a State? Frymer Examines the History in The Washington Post

Monday, Jul 6, 2020

Paul Frymer, Professor of Politics and CSDP faculty associate, brings the history of partisanship and race to the question of why D.C. is not, yet, a state in The Monkey Cage in The Washington Post: The politics of D.C. statehood follow a well-worn path. Here’s why.

Frymer is the author of Building an American Empire: The Era of Territorial and Political Expansion (Princeton University Press, 2017)

Questions regarding the District’s fuller inclusion into the American polity importantly engender questions about the meaning of citizenship and representation, as well as the restraints the nation has historically imposed on people of color.