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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About the Author
John Muller is a former Metro reporter for The Washington Times and current contributor to Capital Community News and Greater Greater Washington. His writing and reporting has appeared in Next American City, Washington History, The Washington Post, The Georgetowner, The Washington Informer and Suspense Magazine. Muller is a 2007 graduate of George Washington University, B.A. Public Policy. Frank Faragasso was the historian for the National Park Service's Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington D.C. for sixteen years. During his tenure, Dr. Faragasso promoted an understanding of who Douglass was and why he is important to our history. To this end, Dr. Faragasso organized the first international conference on Douglass in 1999.
Ka'mal McClarin is the Curator of the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington D.C. He earned his Ph.D. in United States and Public History at Howard University in 2012 and was the Editor of Frederick Douglass: A Voice for Freedom and Justice"."
Table of Contents
Foreword, by Frank Faragasso, PhD 11
Foreword, by Ka'mal McClarin, PhD 15
Foreword, by Clifford L. Muse Jr., PhD 19
1 Mr. Douglass Goes to Washington 29
2 Honorable Frederick Douglass 37
3 Frederick Douglass, Editor of the New National Era 47
4 Marshal Douglass 63
5 Old Uniontown 89
6 Howard University and Frederick Douglass, Esquire 111
7 Frederick Douglass's Wives: Anna Murray Douglass and Helen Pitts Douglass 129
8 Grand Pa Douglass 153
9 Twilight 159
Selected Bibliography 177
About the Author 189
About the Photographer 191
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Muller goes in-depth exploring how Frederick Douglass was connected to the city of Washington, DC in so many different ways. The author does a good digging through local archives and providing historical context. This should be required reading for anyone wanting to know more about the personal, day-to-day life of Douglass.