-Henry Louis Gates, Jr.,Harvard University
"Thousands of young readers in 19th century America learned about eloquence and liberty from the stirring speeches, plays, and poems in The Columbian Orator. When one reads it today—even better, reads it aloud—its eloquence speaks to us all."
-Sydney Nathans,Duke University
"Frederick Douglass validated his manhood by giving Edward Covey, his surrogate slave master, a good whipping. What inspired his fists was not only manly rage, but liberating knowledge—knowledge gained in part from his reading of The Columbian Orator. I read it now and the words still inspire and inflame."