624 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 25 halftones, 1 map, 7 tables, notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3586-6
Published: November 2017
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3587-3
Published: October 2017
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5472-0
Published: August 2019
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Awards & distinctions
Named a Best American History Book of 2017 by Kirkus Reviews
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.
About the Authors
Chris Myers Asch teaches history at Colby College and runs the non-profit Capital Area New Mainers Project.
For more information about Chris Myers Asch, visit the Author Page.
George Derek Musgrove is associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
For more information about George Derek Musgrove, visit the Author Page.
“[The authors] embrace the funk band Parliament’s moniker for the District of Columbia and deliver a narrative as grand as the city itself. . . . This enriching journey showcases the underappreciated saga of African-American success in the face of adversity.”--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"An ambitious, comprehensive chronicle of the civic experience of blacks, whites and other races over more than two centuries in Washington. . . . [It] succeeds in being both scholarly and accessible to the general reader."--Robert McCartney, The Washington Post
"An ambitious, kaleidoscopic history of race and politics in Washington, D.C. . . . Essential American history, deeply researched and written with verve and passion."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“An important addition to the bookshelf of anyone who studies race, particularly in an urban setting, as well as scholars of the District of Columbia.”--Journal of Southern History
“Asch and Musgrove brilliantly explore the important but overlooked story of the black struggle for freedom, justice, and democracy in our nation’s capital. Meticulously researched and carefully told, Chocolate City is a vital local history that demands and deserves a wide national audience.”--James Forman Jr., author of Locking Up Our Own
“In this epic history of politics and power in Washington, D.C., Asch and Musgrove take readers beyond the monuments to reveal how racism shaped the city from its origin. They also tell the stories of people who fought back, including abolitionists, students, immigrants and their descendants, government lawyers and accountants, and grassroots activists. This is an indispensable history of the capital that reflects major currents in the nation’s past.”--Kate Masur, Northwestern University