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Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, A Monumental American Man

Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, A Monumental American Man

by Tonya Bolden
Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, A Monumental American Man

Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, A Monumental American Man

by Tonya Bolden

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The fascinating biography of one of America’s most influential African American voices from the award–winning author of Speak Up, Speak Out!

Teacher. Self-emancipator. Orator. Author. Man. Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) is one of the most important African American figures in US history, best known, perhaps, for his own emancipation. But there is much more to Douglass’s story than his time spent in slavery and his famous autobiography. Delving into his family life and travel abroad, this book captures the whole complicated, and at times perplexing, person that he was. As a statesman, suffragist, writer, newspaperman, and lover of the arts, Douglass the man, rather than the historical icon, is the focus in Facing Frederick.

“Most folks know Frederick Douglass as an escaped slave turned abolitionist. Bolden’s insightful, and impeccably researched, biography reveals, instead, a multifaceted man who would travel many paths and constantly redefine himself . . . Bolden’s beautiful, sophisticated narrative demonstrates that throughout all of his responsibilities, Douglass never lost sight of his biggest role—humanitarian.” —Booklist (starred review)

“This narrative about a well-known figure feels fresh due to Bolden’s skilled storytelling . . . A spirited biography that fully honors its redoubtable subject.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Bolden successfully demonstrates in this biography how monumental a figure Frederick Douglass is in U.S. history . . . Bolden adroitly demonstrates the wealth of Douglass’s life and accomplishments with this stellar biography. A must for all nonfiction collections.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

“An excellent biography.” —School Library Connection


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683351177
Publisher: ABRAMS, Inc. (Ignition)
Publication date: 01/09/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 208
Lexile: 1140L (what's this?)
File size: 20 MB
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Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Tonya Bolden has written numerous bestselling books for children and adults, and her work has garnered many awards, including the Coretta Scott King Honor, James Madison Book Award, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and YALSA Best Book of the Year. She lives in New York City. Visit tonyaboldenbooks.com.

Table of Contents

A Note on Early Photography vi

1 A Soul to Aspire 1

2 One the World Over 16

3 Ships upon a Storing Sea 37

4 The Voice of Inspiration 53

5 No Time for Us to Leave the Country 66

6 We Are All Liberated 93

7 A New World 111

8 Promises in Your Constitution 127

9 Leaf from a Living Tree 152

Author's Note 170

"Frederick Douglass" Robert Hayden 174

Time Line 174

Notes 181

Selected Sources 193

Acknowledgments 195

Image Credits 196

Index 198

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