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Book of the Week: Washington, D.C. 1861-1962
By Washington Post Staff Writer   - 02/25/2007

The Washington Post

More Info on This Book: Washington, D.C.: 1861-1962

What do Frederick Douglass, Mary McLeod Bethune and Langston Hughes have in common?

Yes, all three were leaders in the fight for freedom and equality for black Americans. Each also called Washington home.

This book tells the story of the black struggle as it occurred in the nation's capital. While the themes and writing are mature, the book gives more space to pictures than text. And each photograph is worth at least a thousand words.

There are pictures of famous fighters for justice including Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman; just as interesting are the photographs of ordinary, unnamed people. A black woman from 1920s Washington is pictured in a beautiful plumed hat. The caption reminds us that no matter how well-dressed she was, this woman was not allowed to go into the stores where white women shopped.


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