A Patriotic Pick: December 2023

  • December 1, 2023

Enjoy this Grateful American™ reading recommendation!

A Patriotic Pick: December 2023

Whether it’s via their tone, topic, or tenor, certain works just say “America.” Here is one such title, suggested by Laura Brower Hagood, executive director of the DC History Center:

  • Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital by Chris Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove (University of North Carolina Press). “Having lived in Washington since 2001, I knew the city’s history — and the importance of its Black history — in bits and pieces when I read Chocolate City,” says Hagood. “But I had not fully understood the extent to which the District’s trajectory is intertwined with issues of race and equity, making the quest for a just democracy an essential theme in understanding our nation’s capital. In chapter after chapter, Asch and Musgrove explore the many ways in which Washington residents have fought tenaciously for justice generation after generation. As I closed the book, having read a solid 600 pages, I realized that I wanted to do my part, too. And that’s what led me to the DC History Center.”

Each year, the Grateful American™ Foundation, through its Book Prize, honors excellence in children’s historical nonfiction and fiction focused on the people and events that have shaped the U.S. since its birth. Learn more about the prize here.

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