Popular biographer David A. Adler recounts the exciting life of escaped slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
Born into slavery in 1818 and raised on a Maryland plantation under brutal conditions, Frederick Douglass against all odds grew up to become a famous orator, journalist, author, and advisor to U.S. presidents. Many contemporaries found it hard to believe that he was an escaped slave with no formal education. Douglass was also controversial. He urged slaves to revo0lt and befriended the abolitionist John Brown. A pivotal figure in U.S. history, he helped Abraham Lincoln issue the Emancipation Proclamation and was an ambassador to Haiti. Timeline, chapter notes, bibliography.
"A thoroughly researched, lucidly written biography . . . Adler does an excellent job of exploring the atrocities and dehumanizing indignities that America's 'peculiar institution' visited on those who lived in slavery . . . clearly demonstrates that Douglass was, indeed, one of the great men of the nineteenth century."—Booklist
"Adler presents a compelling exploration . . . This well-written and absorbing read is an important inclusion for all collections. Extensive notes, important dates, and a thorough index are appended."—School Library Journal