Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass: Abolitionist Hero

Frederick Douglass: Abolitionist Hero

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Discover the childhood of prominent abolitionist Frederick Douglass in this inspiring installment in the illustrated middle grade series Childhood of Famous Americans.

 

Frederick Douglass was born into slavery. He was separated from his family when he was young, worked day and night, and was beaten for no other reason than the color of his skin. How could anyone ever overcome such overwhelming odds?

 

But Frederick eventually became a famous abolitionist, author, statesman, and reformer. Read all about how one of the most prominent figures in African American history triumphed over impossible obstacles and paved the way for others to achieve their own freedom!

197 pages, paperback. 5" x 7.75".
Picturing Frederick Douglass

Picturing Frederick Douglass

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Commemorating the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass's birthday and featuring images discovered since its original publication in 2015, this "tour de force" (Library Journal, starred review) reintroduced Frederick Douglass to a twenty-first-century audience. From these pages--which include over 160 photographs of Douglass, as well as his previously unpublished writings and speeches on visual aesthetics--we learn that neither Custer nor Twain, nor even Abraham Lincoln, was the most photographed American of the nineteenth century. Indeed, it was Frederick Douglass, the ex-slave-turned-abolitionist, eloquent orator, and seminal writer, who is canonized here as a leading pioneer in photography and a prescient theorist who believed in the explosive social power of what was then just an emerging art form.

Featuring:

  • Contributions from Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. (a direct Douglass descendent)
  • 160 separate photographs of Douglass--many of which have never been publicly seen and were long lost to history
  • A collection of contemporaneous artwork that shows how powerful Douglass's photographic legacy remains today, over a century after his death
  • All Douglass's previously unpublished writings and speeches on visual aesthetics