Frederick Douglass: In His Own Words

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Although Frederick Douglass is best known for the first volume of his autobiography, there has never before been a collection of his inspiring speeches and editorials. Noted historian Milton Meltzer has gathered together a unique selection of Douglass's eloquent and impassioned speeches and writings against slavery and other moral injustices.

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Overview

Although Frederick Douglass is best known for the first volume of his autobiography, there has never before been a collection of his inspiring speeches and editorials. Noted historian Milton Meltzer has gathered together a unique selection of Douglass's eloquent and impassioned speeches and writings against slavery and other moral injustices.

African American history comes in for special attention in February; among the offerings are Frederick Douglass: In His Own Words, edited by Milton Meltzer and illustrated by Stephen Alcorn. Extracts from writings and speeches by the 19th-century abolitionist are paired with Alcorn's dramatic linocuts.

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Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
This beautifully illustrated book focuses on the speeches and editorials of Frederick Douglass, a famous abolitionist and ex-slave. This collection of inspirational writings chronicles the effects of slavery and the struggle to overthrow it, the condition of free blacks before and after emancipation, the politics surrounding the Civil War, and the failed promise of Reconstruction that followed the war.
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Gr 6 Up-A compelling, cogent collection of well-researched primary-source materials reflecting Douglass's insight, integrity, and intelligence. Sixty-six speeches, encompassing a span of 40 years, are chronologically divided into sections devoted to before, during, and after the Civil War. A brief descriptive annotation introduces each, speech noting its date, place delivered, and circumstances surrounding its presentation. The selections, mainly two to three pages in length, afford a rich resource for report writers, orators, and debaters. Their impassioned language clamors for justice, decries inequality, and challenges readers to envision the past and to assess its validity and timeliness against today's headlines. The emotional impact of the text is given form and substance as single-and double-page linocuts visually transform prose into pictures of stark majesty sharply defined by unquestioned skill. These illustrations mirror the words reflecting the cruel nature of slavery and the vision of one man who sought to abolish injustice. Brief profiles of the subject's contemporaries-Susan B. Anthony, William Lloyd Garrison, Anthony Burns, and Harriet Tubman-are appended. Douglass's words live again in this volume, invoking young people to never give up the struggle for freedom and equality for all.-Joanne Kelleher, Commack Public Library, NY
Hazel Rochman
Frederick Douglass speaks eloquently for his time and ours. Meltzer has done an excellent job of selecting and introducing the articles and speeches (but not the autobiographies) of the great nineteenth-century abolitionist leader. The long excerpts are arranged chronologically, and Meltzer provides a brief note on historical context for each selection. The book ends with one-page profiles of 10 of Douglass' contemporaries, ranging from Toussaint L'Ouverture to Ida B. Wells. Most compelling are the pieces in which Douglass draws on personal experience to blast the myths of the contented slave and benevolent master. He's passionate about the tactics of the abolitionist movement, the condition of free blacks, the conduct of the Civil War and Lincoln's presidency, the continuing racism, and the rights of women. As in Meltzer's companion book about Lincoln (1993), Alcock's bold linocut prints are dramatic; they show an extraordinary range, including close-up portraits and allegorical double-page-spread scenes. Teachers will want to use this large-size book with Douglass' autobiographies as a stimulus for classroom research and discussion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152294922
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/31/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.87 (w) x 11.03 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Milton Meltzer has written 110 books, five of which were nominated for the National Book Award. With Langston Hughes, he coauthored A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF AFRICAN AMERICANS, now in its sixth edition. He received the 2001 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his contribution to children's literature, the 1986 Jane Addams Peace Association Children's Book Award, and the 2000 Regina Medal. He lives in New York City.

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