Dear Simon and Schuster Copy Editor:
In reviewing an advanced copy of Prof. David W. Blight’s Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom I have come across a small, yet important and consequential, copy edit.
While there are “Charlestons” in nearly two dozen states naming towns, cities, counties and a state capital there is no Charleston in Maryland. There is a Charlestown (Cecil County) and Chestertown (Kent County).
If Prof. Blight is referencing a lost junction, town or city in Dorchester County I am unaware of its existence or its history.
I would kindly suggest the appropriate correction is made. Geographic accuracy and importance of place matters to the good people on the Shore and in Tubman Country.
Thank you for your time and attention.
author, Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia
Old Anacostia Douglassonian
Blight, David. W. Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom. Simon and Schuster, 2018.
p. 598, 2nd paragraph, 1st sentence
I am not throwing stones from a glass house; I am lodging boulders from W Street in Old Anacostia.
As a local journalist, I go to great lengths to fact-check my stories to spell names and places correctly, as well to get the facts right.
In my book there is a copy error or two. It happens. I understand. Comes with the territory. For example, there is a mention of “Lewis Douglas” as Deputy Marshal when of course it is correctly “Lewis Douglass.” Additionally, I over-use the word intrepid in concurrent paragraphs.
However, I am neither a lauded professor at Yale University nor was my book published by one of the “Big Five.”
The expectation to get simple, rudimentary facts correct is not an unreasonable expectation.
I can only speak for myself but every inhabitant of Pine Street, Bucktown and “Pindertown” I have had the acquaintance of making knows in their sleep the city closely affiliated with Harriet Tubman is Cambridge.