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African American History? You’re Standing On It

The Catholic University Archives is often asked what African-American history we have, and my colleague Maria Mazzenga's reply is that you’re standing on it.  The original 65 acres purchased by the U.S. Catholic Bishops to found the University was the Middleton family's slave-run plantation, until the Emancipation Act of 1862 (the first emancipation act in the nation, by the way) liberated the slaves of Washington, D.C.  For more, please see


War of 1812 - Burning of Washington bibliography

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Anonymous. A subaltern in America; comprising the narrative of the campaigns of the British army, at Baltimore, Washington, &c., &c., during the late war. 1833. E355.S94 Historical Society 
E355.6 .S94 Library of Congress

Barton, Wilfred M. The road to Washington. 1919. 
975.5238/B293 Wash/Ref 
E356.W3 B2 Library of Congress
E356 .W3B2 Historical Society