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Do you want your own free copy of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia? The first twenty-five people to come to THEARC this Thursday, November 7th at 10:00 A.M. for a conversation with Frederick Douglass (animatron) and John Muller with get a signed copy!
1901 Mississippi Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20020
Metro: Southern Avenue (Green Line)
Fore more information call the Bellevue Branch at (202) 520-7446. DC Reads events continue throughout the city for another week with the finale and reception at MLK Library at 7pm on November 14th.
To complement the DC Public Library’s citywide DC Reads programming there are hundreds of copies of the book ready to circulate. Go to your neighborhood branch and get your hands on a copy!
I plan on attending on as many branch library book discussions as I can. Hope to see you soon and discuss the book!
- What was Douglass’s most significant contribution to Washington, D.C. during his more than two decades as a resident of the city?
- Why was Frederick Douglass known as the “Lion of Anacostia”?
- Why was Douglass reluctant to assist in launching a newspaper in Washington? What impact did the involvement of his sons – Lewis & Frederick Jr. – have on his decision to begin the New Era and continue to finance the paper?
- Why did Douglass have such a short tenure as a member of the Territorial Legislature? Why do you think he accepted the position?
- Why did Douglass move from Capitol Hill to Anacostia? What is the family lore behind his move? What was Anacostia like back then?
- What role did Frederick Douglass have as a member of the Board of Trustees of Howard University? Was his service of consequence? In what ways was he an active member of the Board?
- Why was the appointment of Douglass as Marshal of the District controversial? What objections were raised? What did he do while Marshal? What was his daily routine? What were some of the notable events of his Marshalship?
- Why is his service as Marshal an ironic footnote of history? (As a fugitive slave and in the wake of John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry Douglass had been pursued by U.S. Marshals!)
- How did Douglass react to the death of his first wife? How did he meet his first wife? What was their relationship?
- Who was Douglass’s second wife? How did Douglass meet his second wife? What was their relationship like? Why did their marriage attract attention?
- Who were some of Douglass’s neighbors in Anacostia that he had relationships with? What sort of neighbor was Douglass?
- What were some of the ways the Douglasses entertained in Anacostia? What were some of the activities Douglass enjoyed? Did he play a musical instrument?
- How did Douglass mentor the younger generation of activists? Who were these activists?
- What churches did Douglass attend in Anacostia and across the city?
- Who was Frederick Douglass as a grandfather ? Who was Joseph Douglass?
- Who were some of Douglass’s friends in Washington? What was the extent of their friendship?
- How did Douglass earn his money? How did he spend and invest his money?
- What is the legacy of Douglass in Washington today?
- Why did Douglass decline invitations and suggestions to pursue a seat in the United States Senate?
- What are some of the new books expected out about Douglass?
For more information on the 2013 DC Reads visit —> http://www.dclibrary.org/dcreads
Saturday, July 20th at 11pm (ET) _ C-SPAN BOOK TV: “Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia”
John Muller recounts the final eighteen years of Frederick Douglass’ life spent at his home, Cedar Hill, in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C. During this time, Douglass was instrumental in the development of Howard University, participated in local politics, and served as marshal of the District of Columbia. John Muller speaks at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Web Link: http://cs.pn/12pSNMa
A short walk from Frederick Douglass’s first home in Washington, D.C., this past Sunday I had the pleasure of participating in the 2013 Literary Hill Bookfest alongside a squad of fellow History Press authors and local authors and historians.
Special thanks is in order for Karen Lyon who generously reviewed Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia last fall for the Hill Rag and organized the various authors for the festival.
Hope to see you next year for Mark Twain in Washington, D.C.: The Adventures of a Capital Correspondent.
[Not pictured is my new “CAPITOL HILL BOOKS” ball cap.]
Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia was selected as one of three finalists for the DC Public Library’s 2013 DC Reads program which will be coordinated later this fall. The book finds itself up against the seminal Lost in the City by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward P. Jones and All The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by 2012 MacArthur Fellowship recipient Dinaw Mengestu.
In all honesty, I don’t expect Douglass to win but with your vote it “might-could” happen. Voting ends tomorrow, May 3rd… Vote Douglass!
In other news, the Literary Hill Bookfest is coming up this Sunday, May 5th at Eastern Market’s North Hall. It will include local journalists, poets, and authors including James Swanson, author of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer. I hope to catch you there, especially if you are a denizen of the Hill. On Saturday, May 18th, the all-day Gaithersburg Book Festival kicks off. I’ll be on a panel at 10:30 am discussing Douglass. Both events are free and promise to be enjoyable.
Lastly, I’ll be leading walking tours of Frederick Douglass’s Old Anacostia this Saturday, May 4th and Saturday, May 25th.
Hope to see you soon!
Support local bookstores! Special thanks to Jim, owner of Capitol Hill Books, who is one of the last ones left.
Capitol Hill Books
657 C Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
One More Page Books, an upstart independent book store in Northern Virginia made local and national news last year when President Obama and his family visited. I will follow in his footsteps properly with a book talk on “Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia” later today, Thursday, February 21st at 7pm.
My presentation will include a 40-slide PowerPoint and then include a Q&A. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
2200 N. Westmoreland Street, #101
Arlington, VA 22213
Metro: East Falls Church – Orange Line
* A short 7 – 10 minute walk from the Metro. *
NBC4’s Danella Sealock hosts Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C. program this Sat., February 16th at 10AM
For more information visit nbcwashington.com.