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FEATURING CHRIS MYERS ASCH – It is ironic that our nation’s capital is an exception when it comes to voting rights and elected representatives. It is also ironic that government officials based in Washington DC are largely white while DC itself and especially surrounding neighborhoods and cities are dominated by blacks. There is a rich history around race, colonization, slavery, and freedom in DC and that history has been told in a powerful new book called Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital.

Chris Myers Asch, editor of Washington History and teaches history at Colby College. He is the co-author with George Derek Musgrove of Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital.

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