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    • The Myth That Washington Was a Swamp Will Never Go Away

    • By: Carl Abbott, The Conversation
    • Narrated by: Mark Schectman
    • Length: 5 mins
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    These ambitious “hydraulic engineers” rely on a phrase that is deeply mired in our political discourse. The metaphor gets its clout from the notion that Washington was built in an actual physical swamp, whose foul landscape has somehow nourished rotten politics.

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    • How Cities Won the West

    • Four Centuries of Urban Change in Western North America
    • By: Carl Abbott
    • Narrated by: Rhett Samuel Price
    • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
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    Cities rather than individual pioneers have been the driving force in the settlement and economic development of the western half of North America. Throughout the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, western urban centers served as starting points for conquest and settlement. As these frontier cities matured into metropolitan centers, they grew from imitators of eastern culture and outposts of eastern capital into independent sources of economic, cultural, and intellectual change.

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