Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

A NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, and TIME TOP 10 BOOK OF THE YEAR 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 slav A NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, and TIME TOP 10 BOOK OF THE YEAR The definitive, dramatic biography o...

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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

  • Gayla Bassham
    Dec 31, 2018
    This is not just my favorite book of the year (although I am still in the middle of The Great Believers) but also one of the finest biographies I have ever read. Douglass comes to life in this massive book; I learned so much about his career, but Blight does an equally excellent job wi...
  • 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?...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Larisha
    Jan 24, 2019
    What a courageous and complex man, that was Frederick Douglass. Largely self taught, Douglass eventually wrote three autobiographies, was a publisher of two different newspapers for roughly 20 year together. Douglass was the first Black man appointed to a job that required Senate ap...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Susie Webster-toleno
    Jan 18, 2019
    I listened to the audio version of this book. I chose it because I was feeling the need for something both beautiful and inspiring, and it was just right. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Amanda Mueller
    Jan 10, 2019
    Nothing short of epic and enlightening. Minus one star for the author's overuse of words such as "enthralled," "throngs," and "tempestuous." ...
  • 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...
  • 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.... ...
  • 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...
  • 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...