Democracy deserved? An analysis of statehood for Washington, D.C.
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Washington, D.C. was established to provide a sovereign space for the federal government to operate without the threat of state power or state militias influencing the government. An unintended consequence of the creation of the Capital is that the residents of D.C. do not have representation in the federal government nor do they have autonomy, despite paying federal taxes. This thesis explores the history of the democratic rights D.C. residents have and have not had as well as explores the past attempts to achieve statehood. Finally, this thesis answers constitutional questions of what D.C. statehood should look like and provides suggestions on how to structure a successful statehood movement.