The Cambridge Companion to Frederick Douglass / Edition 1

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Frederick Douglass was born a slave and lived to become a best-selling author and a leading figure of the abolitionist movement. A powerful orator and writer, Douglass provided a unique voice advocating human rights and freedom across the nineteenth century, and remains an important figure in the fight against racial injustice. This Companion, designed for students of American history and literature, is both a lucid introduction and a contribution to existing scholarship.

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"All in all, this Cambridge Companion is a very recommendable book. Lucidly addressing many of the most important aspects of Federick Douglass's life and writings, these informed and for the most part also informing essays present a wide array of topics and approached, showing that and how Douglass played-and still plays- a crucial part in the fight against racism and injustice."
--American Studies, A Quarterly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521717878
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2009
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 212
  • Sales rank: 997,018
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Maurice S. Lee is Assistant Professor of English at Boston University.
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors ix

Acknowledgments xii

Chronology of Douglass's Life xiii

Citations xix

Introduction Maurice S. Lee 1

1 Douglass's Self-Making and the Culture of Abolitionism John Stauffer 13

2 Identity in the Autobiographies Robert S. Levine 31

3 Douglass as Orator and Editor Sarah Meer 46

4 Crisis and Faith in Douglass's Work John Ernest 60

5 Violence, Manhood, and War in Douglass Maurice O. Wallace 73

6 Human Law and Higher Law Gregg Crane 89

7 Sentimental Douglass Arthur Riss 103

8 Douglass among the Romantics Bill E. Lawson 118

9 Douglass's Black Atlantic: Britain, Europe, Egypt Paul Giles 132

10 Douglass's Black Atlantic: The Caribbean Ifeoma C. K. Nwankwo 146

11 Douglass, Ideological Slavery, and Postbellum Racial Politics Gene Andrew Jarrett 160

12 Born into Slavery: Echoes and Legacies Valerie Smith 173

Guide to Further Reading 183

Index 186

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