Frederick Douglass’s life reflected the United States’ struggles with race and slavery in the 19th century, and his legacy continues to inform those issues today. Historian David W. Blight’s lengthy Pulitzer Prize-winning biography draws on Douglass’s autobiographies to detail lesser-known parts of his personal journey from former slave to national leader. It demonstrates his relationship with the written and spoken word, contextualizes his biblical inspirations, explains why he merits the title of prophet, and evaluates the dichotomy between his private and public lives.
About the Author
David W. Blight is director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University and the Class of 1954 Professor of American History. He received the Pulitzer Prize for this book, as well as the Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and Bancroft Prizes.
Comment on this summary
2 years agoInspired by this amazing man!
In our Journal
2 years ago
Focus on Black Leadership
Black History Month is a great opportunity to reflect upon the contributions and legacies of great Black leaders past and current. Americans celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January and Black History Month in February. It’s a chance to look back on the long, unique journey of American history and acknowledge the sacrifice across […]
3 years ago
A Book Genre That Has It All
A life story, well-told, entertains, instructs, teaches and inspires all at the same time. The world of books abounds with different genres. Each one of them has something for us to learn from. Some people devour self-help or professional development books. Others just like to immerse themselves in a good story. Yet one genre of […]