A couple of years ago while working the front desk of the Historical Society of Washington I came upon Tally’s Corner. Having previously read Hard Living on Clay Street , an ethnographic field study of white working class families in far NE (East Washington, although nearly monolithic in 2011, was ethnically diverse with large concentrations of whites up until the late 1960’s.), I picked up Tally’s Corner.
(The book was in HSW’s collection but I was lucky enough just a couple of weeks ago to find my own copy for $1 at the SE Library used book sale.)
The book focuses on a couple of characters whose common thread is the poverty they all live with, often self-imposed because of an inability to find a job and then once a job is secured the readers sees the character’s inability to maintain that job by not showing up on time or at all. Having taken place before the city was destroyed in April of 1968, the book, chronicling street life a short walk from Congress and the White House, provides insights into the conditions that led to soul brothers rioting in the city.
The New Deal Carry-out shop is on corner in downtown Washington, DC. It would be within walking distance of the White House, the Smithsonian Institution, and other major public buildings of the nation’s capital, if anyone cared to walk there, but no one ever does. Across the street from the Carry-out is a liquor store. The other two corners of the intersection are occupied by a dry cleaning and shoe repair store and a wholesale plumbing supplies showroom and warehouse. (pg 17-18)
To any liberal, libertarian, or conservative who cares about our city and the 2011 Tally’s Corners (16th & Good Hope Rd. SE, MLK Ave & Malcolm X Ave SE, etc.) the book is a must read.
I have since mentioned Tally’s Corner to many folks, many who have no idea what I am talking about. The couple times I have found someone who is familiar with the book the discussion often leads to the location of where was Tally’s Corner? I had always claimed, or rather thought, it was 7th Street NW as south as possibly L Street. Others said it was 9th & P Street NW.
Today Answer Man aka John Kelly gives us the answer; Tally’s Corner was 11th & M Street NW.
November 4-5, 2011
Call for Submissions
Deadline: June 1, 2011
Submit your proposal now for the D.C. Historical Studies Conference for individual papers/presentations and panels. In addition to papers, you are encouraged to submit new films, walking tours, author talks, and practical advice on research and preservation.
The conference is the forum to consider the latest work on the history of Washington, D.C. and surrounds, with lively presentations of oral history, walking tours, films, new publications, and the History Network. All topics related to local D.C. area history are welcome, and the history of federal government history or the history of the nearby Northern Virginia and Maryland suburbs, if clearly related to the history of local life. Past speakers have address art, music, archaeology, biography, military, legal, social, architectural topics and many more.
For a flavor of these past conferences, see the following programs from previous years:
Individual presenters should submit an abstract of your paper, your title (if any), and affiliation, contact information (email), and audio-visual/IT equipment needs.
Panel proposals should submit a brief description of the session, the contact information, titles and affiliations of each panelist (with a primary contact).
The annual History Network on Friday provides space for historical, archival and community organizations to display brochures, fliers, and other materials explaining their activities and research. Come be a part of it!
Proposals should be emailed the conference committee at firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or may otherwise be mailed to:
2011 D.C. Historical Studies Conference
Attn: Mark Greek
DC Public Library Washingtoniana Division
901 G Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
The 38th Annual Conference on D.C. Historical Studies is co-sponsored by the Association of Oldest Inhabitants, the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, Cultural Tourism D.C., Friends of Washingtoniana Division, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., Rainbow History Project, and the Washingtoniana Division of the D.C. Public Library.
For nearly 20 years, Roger Gastman has been at the cutting edge of the street culture and graffiti art movements. Gastman founded and published two of America’s most respected underground culture magazines: While You Were Sleeping and Swindle, and has produced over a dozen art books, including his upcoming project, History of American Graffiti (Harper Collins, 2011).
He co-curated MOCA’s upcoming exhibition, Art in the Streets, the first major museum retrospective of graffiti and street art, and was recently featured in Banksy’s documentary film, Exit Through the Gift Shop. A trusted mediator between the underground art scenes and mainstream culture, Gastman facilitated the donation of a piece by iconic Washington, DC graffiti artist, Danny Hogg “Cool Disco Dan,” which is now on view at the Corcoran. On this evening, Roger Gastman takes us through the underground world of graffiti and street art, and discusses the history of graffiti in DC.
The Syndicate wishes President Lincoln a happy 202nd birthday, albeit two days tardy. Like Gen. McClellan, we are guilty of having the “slows.” With the sesquicentennial of the Civil War being celebrated within the city there an abundance of free events to attend this year. Keep your eyes peeled searching the papers and the web for events as they are in abundance.
Some local events for President’s Day Weekend 2011 HERE.
Here’s a cool Lincoln blog.
Information on the Lincoln Group of DC’s planned celebration of Lincoln’s inauguration on March 5th here.
More Lincoln events and news here.
A lengthy article from The Post a couple years ago about the Lincoln Memorial HERE.
This has been on the green line platform at Gallery Place for at least a week now, if not longer.
The United Planning Organization’s Joseph A. Beavers Scholarship Program is recruiting 2011 Joseph A. Beavers Scholarship applicants. Scholarships are in the amount of $10,000 and are intended for students who have overcome social adversities in pursuit of their life goals. Each applicant is required to complete one of the attached scholarship applications.
Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, but must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm on Monday, March 21, 2011. ONLY COMPLETED APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED. Attached are application forms and federal income guidelines. For additional information please contact Ms. La Shawn Reeder at (202) 583-8664 or by email at Lreeder@upo.org.
From Yahoo Sports,
Aguilera started out alright, but she had a problem with the ramparts – specifically, the “O’er the ramparts we watched” line, which she left out altogether. ..
Aguilera tried to make up for it by combining two lines – “What so proudly we watched” instead of “What so proudly we hailed”, but let’s just say that it was too late to reverse the error. Twitter blew up, and all Aguilera could do was to oversing every word from there on out, which she most certainly did.
By Sara Murray
Nearly a year and a half into the economic recovery, some 43.6 million Americans continued to rely on food stamps in November.
More than 14% of the population drew food stamps in November to purchase groceries as high unemployment and muted wage growth crimped budgets. The number of recipients was up 0.9% from October, according to the new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Compared to a year ago, the number of people receiving food stamps was up 14.2%.
In both Washington, D.C. and Mississippi more than a fifth of residents received food stamps — the highest recipiency rates of any state.
But demand has grown stronger in the past year in a handful of other states that recorded significant increases on a per capita basis.
In New Mexico, 19.4% of the population tapped into food stamps. That’s up 3.2 percentage points from the same month a year ago, the largest increase for any state. Idaho reported a similar jump: 14% of residents received food stamps, up 3.1 points from a year ago. Washington, D.C., Florida, Delaware and Texas all experienced similar year over year increases.
Food Stamp Use, by State
Click on the top of any column to resort the chart.
|State||Number of people on food stamps Nov. 2010||Percent of population on food stamps ↑||Year-over-year increase in percent of population on food stamps||Year-over-year rise in umber of people on food stamps|
|District of Columbia||131,611||21.9%||3.0||17,939|
Sources: USDA, WSJ Research