On November 13, history major James Blondell presented his research at the 42nd Annual Conference on DC Historical Studies. Blondell's presentation, “Police, Community and the War on Poverty in the District of Columbia,” was based on his capstone paper written in spring 2015 for HIST 499, under the supervision of Professor Zachary Schrag. Drawing on documents he found in the David Clarke papers at George Washington University, Blondell explained how an ambitious program to improve community-police relations was unable to overcome lasting distrust.
Blondell was joined on his conference panel by Ludivine Gilli, PhD, and Steve Lorenz, PhD, who also presented on Washington in the decades after World War II.
November 30, 2015