Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

**Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History** Named one of the Best Books of 2018 by The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, Time, and Smithsonian Magazine. ?Extraordinary?a great American biography? (The New Yorker) of the most important African-American of the nineteenth century: Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave who became the greatest orator of hi **Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History** Named one of the Best Books of 2018 by The New York Tim...

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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

  • Stephen
    Apr 20, 2019
    These days, one of my favorite things to do upon finishing a book I really liked is to read the negative reviews of those who did not share my appreciation. Not surprisingly, the critiques of David Blight's book seem largely to turn on a single common misapprehension of the purpose of ...
  • 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?...
  • Michael Austin
    Feb 08, 2019
    "It is easy to call Douglass a prophet; this book attempts to show how he merits that lofty title. ?The prophet is human,? wrote the great Jewish theologian Abraham Heschel, ?yet he employs notes one octave too high for our ears. He experiences moments that defy our understanding...
  • Reid
    Mar 24, 2019
    I have been fascinated with Frederick Douglass for as long as I can remember. He has always for me contained so many conflicting and sometimes contradictory forces all at the same time. I had read much of what he wrote (mostly his stirring speeches) and it was hard for me to fathom exa...
  • Pedro
    Jan 25, 2019
    What an interesting man. His origin wasn't his result, but it sure helped in his perspective. He obviously had an extremely keen mind, fortunately accompanied by a fantastic ability to translate those thoughts into words. I'm glad I could get to know Frederick Douglass a bit better, an...
  • 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...
  • UChicagoLaw
    Dec 07, 2018
    I am currently reading David Blight's new biography of Frederick Douglass. I haven't finished it yet, but it's clear to me that this is a major book and beautifully done. In a way we know a lot about Douglass, since he wrote so much about his own life. But we have lacked an independent...
  • Rachel Rooney
    Jan 14, 2019
    I was over 90% done with this 36 hour audiobook when it was cruelly ripped out of my ears by the library, so I am going to call it done for now and hope to finish it later this year when my hold comes in again. This was a great biography of Douglass. I appreciate that it was honest abo...
  • Hadrian
    Jan 01, 2019
    An impressive and revealing biography of a major figure in American history. Douglass had lived an extraordinary life, and it is hard to keep track of all of his separate tasks and roles through his three autobiographies. From his own life, he was born a slave, then became a fugitiv...
  • 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...
  • Kayla Goggin
    Apr 18, 2019
    Exhaustive and exhausting. This is the boiled, unseasoned chicken breast of biographies. I understand why this book won the Pulitzer for history this year because it really is incredibly detailed and well-researched (I would be shocked if there was a single detail of Douglass's life ...
  • Raymond
    Apr 05, 2019
    "Men talk of the Negro problem. There is no Negro problem. The problem is whether the American people have honesty enough, loyalty enough, honor enough, patriotism enough to live up to their Constitution" -Frederick Douglass "There is no man in the country whose opinion I value more...
  • Ted Hunt
    Feb 22, 2019
    It was not simply coincidence that this new biography of Frederick Douglass was published during the 200th anniversary of Douglass's birth. Indeed, Blight participated in the city of Rochester's (where I live) commemoration of the great man. Taking advantage of every possible source of...
  • Colleen Browne
    Apr 14, 2019
    David Blight is one of those historians who, when another book is published, I put it on my list of books to buy because of my deep respect of his ability. In his work, he focuses a lot on memory, particularly as it relates to the Civil War and because of the way that the purpose of th...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Elissa Hamon
    Feb 10, 2019
    I can?t even finish this I?m so disappointed. It reads like a glorified book review of Douglass? autobiographies rather than a biography of this stunning man?s life. Blight stumbles all over himself and Douglass in his insistent speculation of what Douglass may or may not have ...
  • Emmanuel Ayeni
    Apr 22, 2019
    Great story about an orator and a great man and his fight for freedom,relevance and legacy. ...
  • 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...
  • Annie
    Mar 17, 2019
    Since I just finished a Harriet Tubman biography, it's hard not to contrast these two prominent leaders of the rebellion (whose paths crossed several times). To me, the most salient difference between the two of them is that Frederick Douglass viewed things on a more big-picture scale,...
  • 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...
  • Samantha Zee
    Feb 04, 2019
    I'm going to be up front and say that this is a very detailed and well done biography of Douglass, to the point where if you are not extremely interested in his life, or writing some sort of extensive paper on Douglass, DO NOT READ THIS. It's long. Like technically 900+ pages long,...
  • Scott  Hitchcock
    Jan 05, 2019
    It's amazing how little I knew about Douglass beyond a couple of headline bullets. When thinking of Civil Rights leaders the 1950's and 60's leaders are well documented in our society but not nearly enough attention is given to their predecessors. Douglass was an amazing orator to riva...
  • 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...
  • Mark Miano
    Jan 02, 2019
    Stupendous biography. Long review to come.... ...
  • 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...
  • Marks54
    Dec 28, 2018
    While I had known of Frederick Douglass since high school, the first time I really encountered him was while watching Ken Burns? miniseries The Civil War in 1990, when Morgan Freeman stirringly read several of Douglass? speeches and writings as part of the story. That is fitting, s...