Frederick Douglass: Rising Up from Slavery (Sterling Biographies Series)

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From slave to freedom fighter: that was the long and hard journey taken by Frederick Douglass. Douglass was America’s first great civil rights leader, and he threw off the physical, mental, and legal chains of slavery to become one of America’s greatest champions for human rights. It was said that his life was proof that once black people could read and write about their injustices, they would have the power to end slavery. Frances E. Ruffin explores this inspiring figure in all his complexity, and captures the ...
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From slave to freedom fighter: that was the long and hard journey taken by Frederick Douglass. Douglass was America’s first great civil rights leader, and he threw off the physical, mental, and legal chains of slavery to become one of America’s greatest champions for human rights. It was said that his life was proof that once black people could read and write about their injustices, they would have the power to end slavery. Frances E. Ruffin explores this inspiring figure in all his complexity, and captures the hardships, prejudice, and violence Douglass endured as he fought for justice. Numerous fascinating illustrations, photos, and engravings show Douglass’s family, abolition meetings, Civil War battles, freed blacks getting their first vote, and more.
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Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
Frederick Douglass was an amazing man. He was America's first great civil rights leader. Author Ruffin paints a picture of an extraordinary man who was born into slavery and eventually became an abolitionist, supported women's rights, and helped other slaves escape from slavery through the Underground Railroad. Douglas was born in February 1818 in Tuckahoe, Maryland, to a slave named Harriet Bailey. His mother was too exhausted from working for her slave owners, so Frederick was raised by his elderly grandparents. At the age of six he was taken to a plantation and left there to work as a slave. He learned the alphabet at a young age and began reading speeches when he was only twelve. When Frederick was eight years old, his owner became ill and could not manage the plantation any longer. He hired his slaves out to other farms, but the owner's daughter had noticed the young boy and thought he was special. She arranged for Frederick to live with her brother-in-law, Hugh Auld, and his wife, Sophia, in Baltimore, Maryland. Although he was still a slave, Douglass had opportunities living with the Auld family. He ate well, had decent clothes, and learned how to read. Eventually, he was sent to live in the village of St. Michael's where he had a harder life, working in the kitchen of another member of the Auld family. Douglass saw how other slaves were beaten, sold, and treated badly. He wanted freedom from slavery and escaped North to New York City. He published his first autobiography in 1845 and followed it up ten years later with a second one called My Bondage and My Freedom. Black and white and color photographs are included, as well as many interesting sidebars. Back materialincludes a glossary and bibliography. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi
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Gr 7-9- Three individuals who made long-lasting contributions to African-American history are profiled in these biographies. Each one starts with background information on its subject. Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass were slaves who escaped to freedom, and Malcolm X had a harsh early life and turned to crime until his conversion to Islam in prison. The texts go on to describe the subjects' later lives (in Malcolm X , this includes some mature themes), including their striving for freedom and working for African-American rights, and also mention their legacies and impact on subsequent generations. These are balanced portrayals of real people and the controversies surrounding them. For example, Douglass was criticized by both blacks and whites for marrying a white woman after his first wife died. The narratives are sometimes a bit long and rambling, especially Tubman . However, a time line, glossary, and index will help report writers extract essential facts. The books include black-and-white and color photographs and illustrations, and informative sidebars about related events and people. Anne Schraff's Frederick Douglass (2002) and Harriet Tubman (2001, both Enslow) present the same information just as clearly, if not more succinctly. However, these new biographies are more colorful and attractively designed. Walter Dean Myers's Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary (Scholastic, 1993) remains one of the best biographies written for young people, but it is a bit longer and not as appealingly presented as this work. Additional.-Kristen Oravec, Stephen S. Wise Elementary School, Los Angeles

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402741180
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 2/5/2008
  • Series: Sterling Biographies Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: From Slave to Freedom Fighter     1
A Cabin in Tuckahoe     2
A Child Slave at Wye House     7
Growing Up in Baltimore     16
A Slave's Life in St. Michaels     23
Running North to Freedom     33
A New Name in New Bedford     42
Freedom Bought in Great Britain     56
The North Star     62
A Country in Turmoil     68
War! War!     79
Fighting for Military Equality     88
Freedom Without Equality     97
Fighting for Justice to the End     111
Glossary     120
Bibliography     121
Image Credits     122
About the Author     122
Index     123
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  • Posted November 22, 2010

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    Highly Recommended!

    This book is EXCEPTIONALLY well-written. The author exhibits an in-depth historical account of Frederick Douglas that is easily understood by children. I also recommend other books written by Ms. Ruffin.

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