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Chocolate City:
A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital
by Chris Myers Asch & George Derek Musgrove

Sunday, November 18 from 2:30 - 4:30 pm at the Mount Pleasant Library

We will be joined by co-author George Derek Musgrove!

The Book:
 "Tells the tumultuous, four-century story of race and democracy in our
 nation's capital. Emblematic of the ongoing tensions between America'sexpansivedemocratic promises and its enduring racial realities, Washington often has served as a national battleground for contentious issues, including slavery, segregation, civil rights, the drug war, and gentrification.

But D.C. is more than just a seat of government, and authors Chris
Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove also highlight the city's rich history of local activism as Washingtonians of all races have struggled to make their voices heard in an undemocratic city where residents lack full political rights. 

 According to an Amazon reviewer, "Chocolate City is monumental in scope and vividly detailed, tracingD.C.'s massive transformations--from a sparsely inhabited plantation society into a diverse metropolis, from a center of the slave trade to the nation's first black-majority city, from"Chocolate City" to "LatteCity"--Asch and Musgrove offer an engaging narrative peppered with unforgettable characters, a history of deep racial division but also one of  hope, resilience, and interracial cooperation".

George Derek Musgrove is an Associate Professor of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He received his Ph.D. in U.S. history from New York University in 2005, and lives with his wife and two sons in Washington, D.C.

Reading tips:  The DC Library system has 50 copies of Chocolate City.  Reserve a copy at your local library or online.

*Photos by Rick Reinhard