Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

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As a young man, Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) escaped from slavery in Baltimore, Maryland. He was fortunate to have been taught to read by his slave owner mistress, and he would go on to become one of the major literary figures of his time. His very existence gave the lie to slave owners: with dignity and great intelligence he bore witness to the brutality of slavery.

Initially mentored by William Lloyd Garrison, Douglass spoke widely, using his own story to condemn slavery. By the Civil War, Douglass had become the most famed and widely travelled orator in the nation. In his unique and eloquent voice, written and spoken, Douglass was a fierce critic of the United States as well as a radical patriot. After the war he sometimes argued politically with younger African Americans, but he never forsook either the Republican party or the cause of black civil and political rights.

In this biography, David Blight has drawn on new information held in a private collection that few other historian have consulted, as well as recently discovered issues of Douglass’s newspapers.

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Title:Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
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  • Mehrsa

    This book is beautiful. One description called it "cinematic" and I think that's pretty accurate. You feel the sense of Douglass and the beautiful prose really captures his words and the time. It's an...

  • Raymond

    "Men talk of the Negro problem. There is no Negro problem. The problem is whether the American people have honesty enough, loyalty enough, honor enough, patriotism enough to live up to their Constitut...

  • Diane S ?

    Yes, I know this won a Pulitzer and I'm only a reader/reviewer, but I struggled with this. Maybe it was a Grant hangover, but that biography from Chernow I rated five stars. This was well researched, ...

  • Donna Davis

    2.5 stars, rounded up. Thanks go to Net Galley and Simon and Schuster for the DRC, which I received free in exchange for this honest review. Douglass is a key figure in American history, and Blight ha...

  • Darwin8u

    I've put off reviewing this because I feel like I want to find the right quote, the perfect words, the right path to unpacking my thoughts about this piece. It was a lot to digest. My main information...

  • Daniel Chaikin

    Years ago I read Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave and was kind of blown away, not only because it was such a powerful book, but also because it seemed so beautifully writ...

  • lark benobi

    This is a wonderful biography. David Blight imagines Douglass so deeply. Blight brings Douglass to life with such loving clarity. As I began this book, I was wondering what was left to learn about Dou...

  • Dave Tamanini

    Stupendous biography by David Blight. Douglass is among the greatest of Americans and his life work is as relevant today as back then. A long read but worth the time and knowledge gained. ...

  • Peter Beck

    Frederick Douglass is the most brilliant and inspiring person I have ever encountered. This sprawling 769-page book was the balm I needed to help get me through what will hopefully be the final days o...

  • Samantha Zee

    I'm going to be up front and say that this is a very detailed and well done biography of Douglass, to the point where if you are not extremely interested in his life, or writing some sort of extensive...