History Book Club

Northeast Library

History Book Club

Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, 7 p.m.

Through the Perilous FightIn 1814, the British invaded Washington, D.C. and burned many of the government buildings located here.

As the 200-year anniversary of this disastrous moment in American history approaches, join us as we discuss Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks That Saved the Nation by Steve Vogel, which covers the period of time when it looked like the new nation might not survive. But during this time of turmoil the country rallied, and after witnessing the Battle of Baltimore, Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star Spangled Banner."

How did a newborn nation react to the sacking of its capital? How did the United States rally to win the war despite this setback? How do we in the nation's capital today connect to this important piece of local history? 

All are welcome to participate, even if you have not read the book.