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The Hammer and the Anvil: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the End of Slavery in America
     

The Hammer and the Anvil: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the End of Slavery in America

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by Dwight Jon Zimmerman, Wayne Vansant (Illustrator), James M. McPherson (Foreword by)
 

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The entwined lives of Lincoln and Douglass and the end of slavery

With a foreword by the Pulitzer Prize–winning historian James M. McPherson, The Hammer and the Anvil presents in full-color illustrations the history of slavery, the Civil War, and emancipation through the lives of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The talent behind the

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The entwined lives of Lincoln and Douglass and the end of slavery

With a foreword by the Pulitzer Prize–winning historian James M. McPherson, The Hammer and the Anvil presents in full-color illustrations the history of slavery, the Civil War, and emancipation through the lives of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The talent behind the book includes Dwight Jon Zimmerman, an award-winning author of military history and graphic novels; the historian and consultant Craig Symonds, winner of the Lincoln Prize; and the artist Wayne Vansant, illustrator of Marvel Comic’s The ’Nam and the highly regarded nonfiction graphic history from Novel Graphics The Vietnam War.

 

Together they tell the story of two men who defined their era. Possessed of a deep antipathy to slavery as a young man on the free-spirited American frontier, President Lincoln wrestled repeatedly with the dilemma the peculiar institution presented. Douglass, a brilliant runaway slave, sought to force America to confront its original and gravest sin. Driven by conviction to great words and deeds, each man helped to make the nation we live in today. The Hammer and the Anvil is an ideal introduction not only to two iconic Americans but also to the most compelling moments in American history.

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Publishers Weekly
In this engaging and insightful graphic biography, Zimmerman reprises his partnership with Vansant from The Vietnam War: A Graphic History to present an account of two of the most important figures of 19th-century U.S. history: Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. For both men, the book begins at the beginning, showing the challenges that they faced as children, their efforts to overcome difficult circumstances, and the very real impact both men had on shaping the social and political consciousness of their times. It draws parallels between the humble circumstances of their early years, but it does so with subtlety, allowing the reader to recognize the connections for themselves. The unsentimental portraits look at the difficulties both men faced and what motivated them: racial equality for Douglass and the preservation of the Union for Lincoln, with the conviction that slavery would eventually come to an end. Vansant uses a simple but effective technique of moving between two different monochromatic color palettes when switching between the two, culminating in full-color illustrations when the men finally meet. Combined with Zimmerman’s narrative, it’s a compelling look at two of the most important figures in American history. (July)
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“Engaging and insightful . . . A compelling look at two of the most important figures in American history.” —Publishers Weekly

“An utterly ingenious graphic history of one of the most important stories in American history--the strikingly parallel lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln that eventually converged in friendship. Powerfully illustrated and written, The Hammer and the Anvil highlights for young readers, and anyone interested in graphic stories, the central debates of the Civil War era and of our own time: race, freedom, citizenship, state versus federal government, and the meaning of the American Dream.” —John Stauffer, author of Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln

“A highly original, historically accurate, and utterly irresistible take on the lives and contributions of those two giants, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. This book raises the genre of ‘graphic history' to a new level. Dwight Jon Zimmerman and Wayne Vansant have produced a page-turner that will engage young readers, and no doubt delight their parents, too.” —Harold Holzer, Chairman, Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation

“An ingenious telling of the most important story in our nation's history through the lives of the two greatest Americans of the nineteenth century, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Students, teachers, and general readers--even those who think history is not for them--will find this an exciting, compelling read. A brilliant work!” —James G. Basker, President of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

The Hammer and the Anvil makes the extraordinary moment that brought Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln together accessible to young students. It's an eye-opener.” —Ira Berlin, author of The Making of African America

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809053582
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
07/17/2012
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
14.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Dwight Jon Zimmerman is the author of numerous works of military history and co–executive producer of the Discovery Channel’s miniseries First Command.

 

Wayne Vansant has scripted and illustrated many graphic books on military history.

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The Hammer and the Anvil: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the End of Slavery in America 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BuckStienke More than 1 year ago
Dwight Zimmerman and Wayne Vansant have teamed up to produce a masterful study of the two arguably most important players in political fight to eliminate slavery in America. Aimed toward the young adult audience, it captures the essence of the two men, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, from their lowly births all the way to the White House and Mr. Douglass' position as US Counsel General to Haiti. The scholarship and research invested in this book are clearly evident. The book provides the reader with a much greater appreciation for both historical figure as men. It clearly chronicles each's strengths and weaknesses and their innate grasp of politics. It also shows the process by which a determined man can help change the minds and attitudes of hundreds of thousands of others. I truly think young people will greatly benefit from reading this book. Vansant's illustration brings the characters to life and should help keep their interest in the story all the way to the end.
AnObjectivist More than 1 year ago
My highest recommendation for this "graphic novel" double-biography. Writer and artist use color in a very effective way (which I won't describe here; let it surprise you). Here are the stories of two actual American heroes, who have helped define what America is all about. Great moral inspiration for teen readers, and adults of any age.