Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

The definitive, dramatic biography of the most important African-American of the nineteenth century: Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era. As a young man Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) escaped from slavery in Baltimore, Maryland. He was fortunate to have been taught to rea The definitive, dramatic biography of the most important African-American of the nineteenth century: Frederick Dougla...

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Title:Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
Author:David W. Blight
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Genres:Biography
ISBN:Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:912 pages pages

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom Reviews

  • Christian
    Dec 10, 2018
    This book is amazing at the following: (1) describing the big names and their nuanced positions in the Abolitionist movement; (2) Douglass' relationship with U.S. presidents; and (3) detailing the last 1/3 of Douglass' life. But the author's insecurities about Douglass being loved by s...
  • Mehrsa
    Nov 12, 2018
    This book is beautiful. One description called it "cinematic" and I think that's pretty accurate. You feel the sense of Douglass and the beautiful prose really captures his words and the time. It's annoying that people call him an "imperfect man." I mean, who isn't an imperfect person?...
  • Lesley
    Aug 11, 2018
    Review first appeared in Booklist. Any biography of Douglass must compete with the ones he wrote himself; passionate memoirs which vividly illustrate the anguish of slavery, and testify to the humanity and intelligence of African Americans. Yet, as David Blight demonstrates in this ...
  • Chris
    Jun 16, 2018
    Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley We like, want, our heroes to be uncompleted, to always be heroic and constant while in the spotlight, and to leave that spotlight before they change politics or ideals. We want to remember Lincoln as the great emancipator not as the man who at one poin...
  • Adam Shields
    Oct 23, 2018
    Short Review: This is a very well written book. It is somewhat amazing that there is so much documentation that this can be based on. And part of what I find amazing about the book are the little details that Blight has clearly worked hard to reveal. Blight seems particularly good ...
  • Matt
    Nov 27, 2018
    A new and well written life of Douglass. Should be required reading for all Americans. ...
  • Linda
    Aug 16, 2018
    This book proves that a lengthy in-depth footnoted biography can be interesting as well as informative. Included are pictures which complement the well-written text. The author tells not only the story of Douglass?s life, but also about the time period in which he lived and people he...
  • Thomas
    Nov 03, 2018
    One of my favorites this year - will definitely be reading more Douglass. I had a half-scanned Wikipeda entry knowledge of him, and really enjoyed getting a fuller picture. ...
  • Joseph Stieb
    Nov 20, 2018
    This is an inspiring and beautifully written (if mad long) biography of an American hero. Blight brings out so many fascinating aspects of a historical character I never knew much about. His political and intellectual evolution are particularly fascinating. As he worked his way into th...
  • Jocelyn
    Nov 03, 2018
    This made me want to go back and read the rest of Douglass' volumes of autobiography in order to compare his self-presentation. ...
  • Casey Wheeler
    Oct 06, 2018
    I read this biography because I have not read one about Frederick Douglass although he has been indirectly addressed in an number of other books that I have read. This is a very detailed and exhaustive biography. That said, it is well written making it an engaging read. The author freq...
  • Amy
    Aug 02, 2018
    Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom is an interesting read. I give this book four and a half stars. I recommend it for those who want to learn more about this important man in history. ...
  • Donna Davis
    Aug 29, 2018
    2.5 stars, rounded up. Thanks go to Net Galley and Simon and Schuster for the DRC, which I received free in exchange for this honest review. Douglass is a key figure in American history, and Blight has made his career largely through his expertise on Douglass?s life. I expected t...
  • Christopher Saunders
    Nov 30, 2018
    Monumental biography of one of 19th Century America?s most remarkable men: Frederick Douglass, who went in a few decades from runaway slave to abolitionist figure and writer to presidential adviser, political rabble-rouser and living legend. Douglass hasn't received a full biography ...
  • Hezekiah
    Nov 03, 2018
    A comprehensive read about an extraordinary man and his accomplishments/failures. ...
  • Calzean
    Jul 01, 2018
    This is a big book that held my interest for most pages. The book traces the life of Frederick Douglass in a linear progression. The early chapters on his years in slavery depend mostly on his autobiographies which is not surprising given the lack of other written sources. The best ch...
  • Ashleigh
    Aug 25, 2018
    I received this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. TITLE - Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom AUTHOR - David W. Blight GENRE - Biography THESIS - Marvelous example of inspirational writing that gives a new perspective to be explored, of the complex...
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    Nov 10, 2018
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  • Amy
    Nov 23, 2018
    The first handful of chapters that deal with Douglass? childhood are clumsily written. There's just something hard to follow and inelegant in Blight's writing style. The contrast with Douglass' own eloquence in his autobiographies doesn't help. Neither does Blight's jumping around in...
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    Dec 08, 2018
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  • Connie Lacy
    Dec 02, 2018
    A tour de force biography of a fascinating man who helped bring an end to slavery in the United States. ...
  • Brian Denton
    Dec 05, 2018
    If the animating spirit of the American experiment is to secure the blessings of liberty for the individual and for posterity then the preeminent founding father of America?s creed and country is Frederick Douglass. Few other people in the national history have advocated so beautiful...
  • Magpie
    Dec 10, 2018
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  • Karen Meeus
    Oct 15, 2018
    This is a very comprehensive and meticulously researched biography of an absolutely fascinating man. This book is a true joy to read for every history buff. Must-read, even. The author brings us an incredibly detailed analysis and thought-provoking insights into Douglass' life and t...
  • Jenna Bookish
    Jul 17, 2018
    While I had of course heard of Frederick Douglass before reading this book, my knowledge of him was spotty at best, consisting mostly of fuzzy, half-remembered elementary school lessons detailing how he cajoled white children into teaching him to read as a young slave. He then went on ...
  • Scott Pomfret
    Oct 29, 2018
    This account of the life of Frederick Douglass convinced me that in a hundred years we will view anti-immigrant sentiment as we now look at those who opposed abolition. Not because "Prophet of Freedom" made any such case, but because all the bones of the current strife are within Dougl...
  • Rose
    Aug 18, 2018
    This biography of Fredrick Douglass was well written an very informative. I learned a lot about him that I didn't know. If you are interested in history and Fredrick Douglass, I highly recommend this book. I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a f...
  • Lucas Brandl
    Nov 02, 2018
    Frederick Douglass was a truly amazing person, and this is a truly amazing story. He was born into slavery, escaped, educated himself, and became probably the most famous/eloquent/influential abolitionist of the Civil War era. A lot of people know those things about him from reading ot...
  • Porter Broyles
    Nov 07, 2018
    1. How well written is it? I purchased the audio book through Audible. The person who read the book has a very smooth seductive voice. When I first started listening to the book I kept thinking, "This guy needs to read sleazy romances." The story itself is well written and c...
  • David
    Nov 12, 2018
    A brilliant portrait of the man who may well have been the most important American of the 19th century (with the possible exception of Lincoln, with whom he occasionally sparred). Eric Foner and others have brilliantly reviewed this book, so I'm going to keep my remarks short. My takea...