Children's LiteratureFrederick Douglas was a great leader against slavery in America in the late 1700s. Born into slavery, Douglas struggled within to find a better life. That opportunity came when he was sent to work for a man in the city. While at this location, Douglas was able to rent out his services while saving some money for himself. It was here that he began to ignite the fire of freedom for all slaves. After escaping to a free state, Douglas spent most of his time talking to others, including politicians, about equal rights for blacks in America. His power of persuasion influenced many leading officials. One such leader was President Lincoln. Lincoln began the Civil War to hold together the Union. He ended it with a renewed spirit of freedom for slaves. Having accomplished the step of freedom through the Emancipation Proclamation, Douglas set his eyes on voting rights. This text gives insight into a great man. Much is said about what Martin Luther King, Jr. accomplished for African Americans, but more time should be spent discussing the walls torn down by a single man¾Frederick Douglas. During Black History Month in my classroom, this is the book I will share first. The book is part of "Triangle Histories: The Civil War" series. 2001, Blackbirch Press, $19.95. Ages 9 up. Reviewer: Scott S. Floyd
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-7-Each of these closely related titles treats its subject from birth to death, examining the impact of the man's life and work within the context of his times and beyond. Douglass's youth is described in detail, with almost half the book devoted to his significant formative years as a slave in Maryland, his escape from bondage, and his gradual development into a charismatic antislavery orator and leader. The story of Brown's equally dramatic adult life as a violent abolitionist is framed by his descent from early Puritan settlers and Revolutionary War veterans and the culture of slavery that was very much in existence during his boyhood in Connecticut. Both volumes have relevant sidebars, illustrations, reproductions, and photographs. Each book contains the same illustrated preface describing the causes of the Civil War. Together, these titles provide useful and accessible resources for information about two significant figures of the era, but libraries with limited budgets should note that there is some overlapping coverage between them.-Starr E. Smith, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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