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Monumental in scope and vividly detailed, Chocolate City tells the tumultuous, four-century story of race and democracy in our nation's capital. Emblematic of the ongoing tensions between America's expansive democratic promises and its enduring racial realities, Washington often has served as a national battleground for contentious issues, including slavery, segregation, civil rights, the drug war, and gentrification. But D.C. is more than just a seat of government, and authors Chris Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove also highlight the city's rich history of local activism as Washingtonians of all races have struggled to make their voices heard in an undemocratic city where residents lack full political rights.Tracing D.C.'s massive transformations—from a sparsely inhabited plantation society into a diverse metropolis, from a center of the slave trade to the nation's first black-majority city, from "Chocolate City" to "Latte City—Asch and Musgrove offer an engaging narrative peppered with unforgettable characters, a history of deep racial division but also one of hope, resilience, and interracial cooperation.
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        An ambitious, kaleidoscopic history of race and politics in Washington, D.C.The nation's capital was the first major majority-black city in the United States. "Chocolate City," the affectionate name created by black locals, has long been the epicenter of America's national political scene, but for generations, it also has been arguably the sociocultural capital of black America. In this vitally important work, Washington History editor Asch (History/Colby Coll.; The Senator and the Sharecropper: The Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer, 2008) and Musgrove (History/Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County) narrate a sprawling history of the intersections of race, culture, and politics in Washington. From the early 17th century through the presidency of Barack Obama, the country's first black president, race has helped to shape and define not only the area that would become the District of Columbia, but also the U.S. as a whole. The authors move chronologically, with chapters covering specific periods in the area's history, from 1608-1790 through 1995-2010 and beyond. In each section, they show how the city "has had both a catalyzing and at times demoralizing effect on local racial struggles." Certainly, D.C. has embodied the rhetorical freedoms on which the country was founded, but as the authors show, it also demonstrated the abject failings of those freedoms when it came to black Americans. Of course, the city is much more than just a metaphor; it is also a unique city with its own dynamic history, the political center of the country where its residents, majority black by the 1960s, reside in what the authors call the "voteless capital of democracy." From slavery through the civil rights movement, from the Constitutional establishment of the District through the election of Obama--a moment wildly celebrated in the city's streets even if, for black Washingtonians and others, his actual presidency was not the panacea they hoped--the city has captured myriad hypocrisies and paradoxes of race in America.Essential American history, deeply researched and written with verve and passion.

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        Asch (The Senator and the Sharecropper), who teaches history at Colby College, and Musgrove, associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, embrace the funk band Parliament’s moniker for the District of Columbia and deliver a narrative as grand as the city itself. The authors show how disenfranchisement has been the game in D.C. ever since Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton made a deal to move the U.S. capital to the slaveholding South. Washington, straddling the divide between Southern bondage and its own comparatively relaxed racial norms, became a mecca for enslaved and free African-Americans alike. Political machinations ensured that Congress, rather than Washington’s white elite, held the real reins of power; even after black men got the right to vote in 1867, they were unable to make inroads. Black and white residents wrestled for decades over segregated housing and schools until the post-WWII era. The authors’ exceptional storytelling shines in their accounts of black inhabitants’ long drive for home rule (local, rather than Congressional, control over the city’s affairs), which was finally and triumphantly achieved in 1973, and the new racial and political fault lines that emerged thereafter. This enriching journey showcases the underappreciated saga of African-American success in the face of adversity. Agency: Garamond Agency.

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