“Chocolate City” Book Launch at NMAAHC

choc cityWASHINGTON, D.C.: The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. and the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture team up to launch Chocolate City, a comprehensive new history of Washington, D.C., that Kirkus Review calls, “Essential American history, deeply researched and written with verve and passion.”

This long-awaited history of D.C., from the early 17th century through the Obama presidency “sets the city in its proper place as the capital of black America and the place where the promise of American democracy has failed,” said Historical Society Executive Director John Suau. “It captures the bitter ironies of life in the ‘voteless capital of democracy.’ It will join the classic works of Constance Green as go-to sources on D.C. history in general.”

The book lecture and signing takes place at the Oprah Winfrey Theater of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Thursday, November 2, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Seating is limited. Free admission is by advance registration only. Please go to Chocolate City to register.

The lecture and discussion will be moderated by Nathan D. B. Connolly, Herbert Baxter Adams Associate Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University and co-host of the favorite podcast, Back Story.

Chocolate City (University of North Carolina Press, 2017) explores the intersection of race, culture, and politics in D.C. Co-author Chris Myers Asch, editor of Washington History, is an instructor at Colby College. His first book, The Senator and the Sharecropper: The Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer (University of North Carolina Press), was published in 2008. George Derek Musgrove is an associate professor of history at University of Maryland Baltimore County and a member of Washington History’s editorial board. Washington History, the Historical Society’s biannual publication, is the only scholarly journal devoted exclusively to the history of the nation’s capital. For more about Washington History visit: http://bit.ly/1MWqq1n.