Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, a Monumental American Man

by Tonya Bolden

Although today he is remembered primarily as an abolitionist, Frederick Douglass... read more

Although today he is remembered primarily as an abolitionist, Frederick Douglass fought his entire life on behalf of equal rights for all people, both here in the United States and abroad. Through his travels, his speeches, and his newspapers, he was able to build an impressive network of allies who supported his work financially and intellectually. Since he had no trouble expressing his strong, often unpopular, opinions, he made a fair number of enemies as well, and this work does not shy away from describing the conflicts that arose between Douglass and other abolitionists, other African Americans, and President Lincoln. Drawing on a large number of primary source materials, Bolden offers young people a compelling account of Douglass’s complex life and times. Douglass’s fascination with photography led to him being the most photographed man in the 19 th century, and many images of him are included in this intimate, arresting portrait. (Age 13 and older)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2019

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