Snow-Storm in August:

Washington City, Francis Scott Key, and the Forgotten Race Riot of 1835

Editor and investigative reporter Jefferson Morley has been widely published in national periodicals and is the author of the critically acclaimed nonfiction work Our Man in Mexico. An eye-opening look at Washington’s first race riot, Snow-Storm in August also offers revealing profiles of Arthur Bowen, the slave blamed for the riot, and Star Spangled Banner lyricist Francis Scott Key, a defender of slavery who sought capital punishment for Bowen.

Editorial Reviews

Snow-Storm in August is the sort of book I most love to read: history so fresh it feels alive, yet introducing me to a time and place that I had little known or utterly misunderstood. After reading Jefferson Morley’s vibrant account, one can never hear The Star-Spangled Banner the same way again.” 

David Maraniss, author of Barack Obama: The Story

Snow-Storm in August deepens our appreciation of how slavery made a mockery of the founding and made the Civil War as close to inevitable as any event in our history.” 

Washington Post

“An elegant, readable narrative…Snow-Storm in August touches on themes still relevant today: unresolved racial tensions, simmering resentment over economic disparity, influence peddling among the powerful, and the red-blue divide between conservatives and progressives over whether human property—and their descendants—deserve the full benefits of the new nation's famously stated ideals.” 

Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Morley has given readers a noteworthy, insightful look into an often overlooked chapter in American history.” 


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Peter Jay Fernandez is an accomplished audiobook narrator who has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards and an Audie Award in 2009. He has also appeared on television, film, and stage. His appearances include roles in Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and the musical Thunder Knocking on the Door.

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