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June Book Selection

  • Southeast Anchor Library, Meyerberg Conference Room 3601 Eastern Avenue Baltimore, MD, 21224 United States (map)

Douglass' Women by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Douglass' Women is an imaginative rendering of these two women -- one black, the other white -- in Douglass' life. Anna, his wife, was a free woman of color who helped Douglass escape as a slave. She bore Douglass five children and provided him with a secure, loving home while he traveled the world with his message. Along the way, Douglass satisfied his intellectual needs in the company of Ottilie Assing, a white woman of German-Jewish descent, who would become his mistress for decades to come. How these two women find solidarity in their shared love for Douglass -- and his vision for a free America -- is at the heart of Jewell Parker Rhodes' extraordinary, epic novel.

Earlier Event: May 13
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Later Event: July 8
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