Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

Prophet of Freedom

Paperback - 2018
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"An acclaimed historian's definitive biography of the most important African-American figure of the 19th century, Frederick Douglass, who was to his century what Martin Luther King, Jr. was to the 20th century"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781416590316
Characteristics: xx, 888 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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2019 Pulitzer Prize for History

This critically-acclaimed and comprehensive new biography of the pioneering civil rights figure has become the new standard for readers looking for the life story of Frederick Douglass.


Frederick Douglass has been written about extensively. He even penned three biographies about himself that remain historically relevant texts. So to write a biography shedding new light on Douglass's life would be a remarkable achievement, but that's exactly what Yale historian David Blight has d... Read More »

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Apr 05, 2021

A magisterial biography of one of the great Americans of the 19th century (or any century). Very long but very absorbing.

Jan 20, 2021

This is a tome of massive number of pages and words about a remarkable American - Frederick Douglass. Since Douglass was a great orator and writer, the author has a lot to deal with massive written records of Douglass himself and correspondence from many of his supporters in US, UK and Germany. In addition thousands of New Paper articles were written about Douglass. The biography is very thorough from boyhood to his death. Author often psychoanalyzes his writing. Douglass changes from a pacifist to a warring person during the Civil war. His interactions with President Lincoln are most amazing. Throughout his life he is slighted for his color again and again - and that in the North! During most of these events he keeps his calm against the indignities heaped on him. I am also impressed by his handling of harsh criticisms - he seem to get more energized when his enemies attack him in press or speeches. So if you have patience to read this massive tome, I highly recommend it.

Sep 19, 2020

Massive biography of Frederick Douglass, this volume is often brilliant, occasionally plodding, but definitely worth reading. Blight does a good job of presenting who Frederick Douglass was, as a human being, from a little boy born into slavery with only the faintest memories of his mother (from whom he was separated at an early age) to a self-made elder statesman, who continued to spread the word about racism to the day he died. Many of the themes that Douglass gave voice to remain, sadly, pertinent today.

Feb 29, 2020

One of the best history books/bios I have read. Profound, insightful, and very relevant today.

Dec 13, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It gave me new perspectives of the Civil War, U.S. Grant, the Jim Crow era as well as learning much about a man a thought I knew: his power as a public orator, his publication of newspapers, his thoughts in England & Ireland, his family life. Yes, it is very detailed - it is not a book to be read over the weekend. But there was so much Blight wanted us to know about this important man.

Mar 15, 2019

NYT 10 Best 2018

Jan 28, 2019

In depth detail and too thorough for my interests, each year broken down month by month. It is one of the more difficult bios to get through.

Dec 29, 2018

On Barack Obama's Top Books of 2018


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