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Join the Library in reading this year's DC Reads title, Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia. Travel back in time and learn how Frederick Douglass shaped Washington, D.C. Programs run from Oct. 15 to Nov. 15. Share your thoughts on Twitter using #dcreads2013.

DC Reads is a DC Public Library literacy program that promotes reading for pleasure by having citywide celebrations for teens and adults that focus on one book.

About the Book
Journalist John Muller explores how Douglass spent the last 18 years of his life professionally and personally in his Cedar Hill home in Anacostia. The ever-active Douglass was involved in local politics, from aiding in Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.the early formation of Howard University to editing a groundbreaking newspaper to serving as marshal of the District. Anna Murray, Douglass’s wife of 44 years passed away, and 18 months later, Douglass 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.

John Muller is a library associate at the Washingtoniana Division of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and a Washington-based journalist, historian, playwright and policy analyst. His first John Mullerbook, Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia, won a public vote to be selected as the DC Reads title. Muller is a former reporter for The Washington Times, has contributed to Capital Community News, Greater Greater Washington and other Washington, D.C.-area publications. John is a member of the Historical Society of Washington and a member of the planning committee for the annual D.C. Historical Studies Conference. John is a 2007 graduate of George Washington University, with a degree in public policy. Read more

Schedule of Events
From tours to book club and panel discussions you get to explore D.C. in a new way. Check out the schedule of events.

Meet John Muller
John Muller leads several DC Reads events. Chat with him weekly on Facebook. Take a walking tour of Southeast D.C. Attend his conversation with Frederick Douglass. Meet him at the finale discussion and reception.

Discussion Questions
Get the conversation started with these questions.

Check Out Online Databases
Frederick Douglass's Beliefs on Capital Punishment in Black Studies Online Research - Oxford African American Studies Center

Frederick Douglass on the Eastern Shore of Maryland: Honor to the United Sates Marshal in Dorchester County - His Speech to Whites and Blacks in Genealogy Online Research - ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Baltimore Sun (1837-1987)

Biography: Frederick Douglass in Biography Online Research - Who's Who Among African Americans

Learn More
Browse the DC Reads Research Guide to learn more about Frederick Douglass.

Good Reads

The Heroic Slave Jacob Lawrence book My Escape book
The Heroic Slave
by Frederick Douglass
Jacob Lawrence: The Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman Series of 1938-40
by Ellen Harkins Wheat
My Escape From Slavery and the Destiny of Colored Americans
by Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass DVD Cambridge Companion book Love across color lines book
Frederick Douglass: Biography
by A&E Home Video
The Cambridge Companion to Frederick Douglass
by Maurice S. Lee
Love Across Color Lines: Ottilie Assing and Frederick Douglass
by Maria Diedrich
They Had A Dream Book Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass The Radical and the Republican book
They Had a Dream: The Civil Rights Struggle, From Frederick Douglass to Marcus Garvey to Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X
by Jules Archer
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave
by Frederick Douglass
The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics
by James Oakes


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