Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Frederick Douglass: The Growlery

Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in the early 19th century, escaped, and became one of the leading abolitionist campaigners. At his home, he wrote in what he called his 'growlery', a term invented by Charles Dickens in Bleak House for a kind of shedlike spot in which men could retreat from the world when they were feeling down in the dumps. Douglass's was a small stone cabin (it had a fireplace, a desk, a stool and a daybed) in his garden at his house Cedar Hill, Southeast Washington DC, where he wrote and read - it was filled with books. Sadly, it is no longer with us, but happily the National Park Service has erected a reconstructed version which you can visit.

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