'Snow-Storm in August'

Local Author Jefferson Morley Speaks

Book Cover Snow Storm in AugustJoin us on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. for a book discussion.

Snow-Storm in August: Washington City, Francis Scott Key and the Forgotten Race Riot of 1835 illustrates the 19th-century struggle against slavery in Washington D.C. It thrust ambitious District Attorney Francis Scott Key into an uniquely American battle for justice.

This book takes the reader beyond the confines of the White House and the Capital and into the bustling streets of Washington City. Radical notions of abolishing slavery circulated on the streets and white residents were forced to consider new ideas of what the nation's future might look like.

Jefferson Morley is a former editor and reporter at the Washington Post and in 2008 wrote his first book, Our Man in Mexico: Winston Scott and the Hidden History of the CIA. In addition, Mr. Morley has written articles and columns for the New Republic, the Nation and the Washington Post. From 2000 to 2007, he served as the World News Editor for washingtonpost.com and then went on to become the editorial director for the Center for Independent Media. He has also taught at Boston University, Georgetown University and in the District of Columbia public schools.