Frederick Douglass

Prophet of Freedom
Author(s): David W. Blight
Awards:2019-History-Winner-Pulitzer Prize,
2019-NonFiction-Finalist-Dayton Literary Peace Prize
Original Publish Date: Oct 16, 2018
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Product Number: Z100138355
Released: Oct 16, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781508265665
Narrator/s: Prentice Onayemi
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**Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History** "Extraordinarya 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 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 read by his slave owner mistress, and he would go on to become one of the major literary figures of his time. His very existence gave the lie to slave owners: with dignity and great intelligence he bore witness to the brutality of slavery. Initially mentored by William Lloyd Garrison, Douglass spoke widely, using his own story to condemn slavery. By the Civil War, Douglass had become the most famed and widely travelled orator in the nation. In his unique and eloquent voice, written and spoken, Douglass was a fierce critic of the United States as well as a radical patriot. After the war he sometimes argued politically with younger African Americans, but he never forsook either the Republican party or the cause of black civil and political rights. In this "cinematic and deeply engaging" (The New York Times Book Review) biography, David Blight has drawn on new information held in a private collection that few other historian have consulted, as well as recently discovered issues of Douglass's newspapers. "Absorbing and even movinga brilliant book that speaks to our own time as well as Douglass's" (The Wall Street Journal), Blight's biography tells the fascinating story of Douglass's two marriages and his complex extended family. "David Blight has written the definitive biography of Frederick Douglassa powerful portrait of one of the most important American voices of the nineteenth century" (The Boston Globe). In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Frederick Douglass won the Bancroft, Parkman, Los Angeles Times (biography), Lincoln, Plutarch, and Christopher awards and was named one of the Best Books of 2018 by The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Time.

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Author(s): David W. Blight
Narrator(s): Prentice Onayemi
Product Number DD40099
Released: Oct 16, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781508265689
Author(s): David W. Blight
Product Number EB00724535
Released: Oct 16, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: #9781416593881

Professional reviews

"This is a listen for anyone wanting to learn about one of America's most significant historical figures. Blight's biography was one of the best reviewed books of 2018. Prentice Onayemi's narration reveals why. Reading in a mostly measured, calm, almost soothing tone, he captivates, enthralls, engages, and, at times, enrages. But when needed, Onayemi evokes the drama and emotion of the turbulent times in which Douglass lived. He traveled tirelessly in the cause of righteousness and never lost sight of the potential of the American ideal. Onayemi's narration captures the essence of Douglass's life and message--and leaves one wondering what Douglass would make of our nation today. J.P.S. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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