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John Muller explores Frederick Douglass's final years in Washington D.C., a part of Douglass's life rarely written about. The remarkable journey of Frederick Douglass from fugitive slave to famed orator and author is well recorded. Yet little has been written about Douglass's final years in Washington, D.C. Journalist John Muller explores how Douglass spent the last eightee John Muller explores Frederick Douglass's final years in Washington D.C., a part of Douglass's life rarely written about. The remarkable journey of Frederick Douglass from fugitive slave to famed orator and author is well recorded. Yet little has been written about Douglass's final years in Washington, D.C. Journalist John Muller explores how Douglass spent the last eighteen years of his life professionally and personally in his home, Cedar Hill, in Anacostia. The ever-active Douglass was involved in local politics, from aiding in the early formation of Howard University to editing a groundbreaking newspaper to serving as marshal of the District. During this time, his wife of forty-four years, Anna Murray, passed away, and eighteen months later, he married Helen Pitts, a white woman. Unapologetic for his controversial marriage, Douglass continued his unabashed advocacy for the rights of African Americans and women and his belief in American exceptionalism. Through meticulous research, Muller has created a fresh and intimate portrait of Frederick Douglass of Anacostia.


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John Muller explores Frederick Douglass's final years in Washington D.C., a part of Douglass's life rarely written about. The remarkable journey of Frederick Douglass from fugitive slave to famed orator and author is well recorded. Yet little has been written about Douglass's final years in Washington, D.C. Journalist John Muller explores how Douglass spent the last eightee John Muller explores Frederick Douglass's final years in Washington D.C., a part of Douglass's life rarely written about. The remarkable journey of Frederick Douglass from fugitive slave to famed orator and author is well recorded. Yet little has been written about Douglass's final years in Washington, D.C. Journalist John Muller explores how Douglass spent the last eighteen years of his life professionally and personally in his home, Cedar Hill, in Anacostia. The ever-active Douglass was involved in local politics, from aiding in the early formation of Howard University to editing a groundbreaking newspaper to serving as marshal of the District. During this time, his wife of forty-four years, Anna Murray, passed away, and eighteen months later, he married Helen Pitts, a white woman. Unapologetic for his controversial marriage, Douglass continued his unabashed advocacy for the rights of African Americans and women and his belief in American exceptionalism. Through meticulous research, Muller has created a fresh and intimate portrait of Frederick Douglass of Anacostia.

40 review for Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.:: The Lion of Anacostia

  1. 5 out of 5

    Faith

    Having heard the author speak last year and this being the DC Reads book for 2013, I had high expectations for this book. Unfortunately, as interesting at the topic of Douglas's 20 years as a DC resident is, the book is not very well written and not well organized. I seem to just now have a random collection of facts and impressions, rather than a narrative about this time here. Worth the read, but just barely.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Garrett

    At last! A comprehensive history of Frederick Douglass in the post-Civil War years when he made Washington, DC his home.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    A very interesting read about the life of Frederick Douglass when he lived in Washington DC. I learned as much about DC history and post-Civil War politics, as about Douglass himself. Kudos to author John Muller who I had the pleasure of meeting and conversing with at this year's Gaithersburg Book Festival.

  4. 5 out of 5

    R.K. Johnson

    Terrific, short and sweet! I loved hearing the facts about Douglass's life summarized. There are very nice pictures too.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    Had to take it back to the library. It was interesting enough, but not so great that I have to run back and get it immediately in order to finish it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    anysaididea

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    Daniel

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    Steve Gretz

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    Christina Rush

  12. 5 out of 5

    Albert Watts

  13. 4 out of 5

    Frederick Douglass

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anders

  15. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

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    Redmond Barnes

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    Jenni Adams

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    Ashley Lipps

  19. 4 out of 5

    Fitzgerald J Murray

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Dudley

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    Anah Serda

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    John

  23. 5 out of 5

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  26. 5 out of 5

    Ashley-Dior Thomas

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    Katherine

  28. 5 out of 5

    Literary Hill Bookfest

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Smith author

  30. 5 out of 5

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    Dave Stone

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  38. 5 out of 5

    Kicha

  39. 4 out of 5

    Jciwcenternet

  40. 4 out of 5

    Getz Burnett

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