Publisher description for Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C. : the lion of Anacostia / John Muller.


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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.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Douglass, Frederick, -- 1818-1895.
Douglass, Frederick, -- 1818-1895 -- Political and social views.
Douglass, Frederick, -- 1818-1895 -- Homes and haunts -- Washington (D.C.)
African American abolitionists -- Biography.
African American orators -- Biography.
African American civic leaders -- Washington (D.C.) -- Biography.
Washington (D.C.) -- Politics and government -- 19th century.
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.) -- Biography.
Howard University -- History -- 19th century.