WETA Digital Extras

Alexander Robey Shepherd: Man Who Built the Nation's Capital

Special | 3m 31s

John Richardson, author of a new biography of Alexander Robey Shepherd discusses Shepherd's controversial work as the czar of public works in Washington during the 1870s. Shepherd spearheaded an effort to modernize infrastructure in the District of Columbia and transform the scraggly city into a true national capital. However, his efforts led to charges of cronyism and corruption.

Aired: 10/14/16

Rating: NR

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