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Frederick Douglass: ''Truth Is of No Color''
     

Frederick Douglass: ''Truth Is of No Color''

by Michael A. Schuman
 
In September 1838, Frederick Douglass faced a long and dangerous train ride as a runaway slave, but he believed freedom was worth the risk. After escaping to the North, Douglass fought to end slavery in the United States. Through his lectures and the publication of The North Star, he became one of the most famous abolitionists, writers, and speakers in American

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In September 1838, Frederick Douglass faced a long and dangerous train ride as a runaway slave, but he believed freedom was worth the risk. After escaping to the North, Douglass fought to end slavery in the United States. Through his lectures and the publication of The North Star, he became one of the most famous abolitionists, writers, and speakers in American history.

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Children's Literature - Amanda MacGregor
Part of the "Americans—The Spirit of a Nation" series, this volume tells the life story of Frederick Douglass, who was born into slavery and went on to become a famous abolitionist writer and orator. The always curious Douglass learned to read and write, and taught other slaves how to read. Douglass also thought about running away long before he actually escaped. He rebelled in passive ways, by doing his tasks inadequately or forgetting instructions. After his successful escape in 1838, Douglass lived in Massachusetts and began to speak out publicly about slavery. He wrote two autobiographies, traveled widely to speak about abolition, and eventually moved to Rochester, New York, where he started an abolitionist newspaper and worked to abolish segregation in the Rochester school system. After coming into contact with President Lincoln, Douglass worked in the government. Well paced with an appealing layout, this title presents a clear portrait of one man's impact and legacy while giving a broad overview of slavery. Illustrations, photographs, and paintings, as well as sidebars expanding on slavery's history and important people in Douglass's life, fill out this volume. A chronology, chapter notes, source attributions, a glossary, further reading suggestions, and an index make this series readily useful for research. Reviewer: Amanda MacGregor
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—These biographies of men who overcame racial barriers to become recognized leaders each opens with a dramatic incident from his life, followed by an overview of his entire life that includes personal details but emphasizes achievements. Schuman is generally admiring, but also includes discussions of weaknesses, including Douglass's reputation for arrogance and Thorpe's struggles with alcohol. Douglass is the better of the two, relating the man's struggles to gain an education, escape from slavery, establish himself as a free man, and become one of the country's foremost advocates of abolition and full civil rights for African Americans. However, it will not replace Alice Fleming's Frederick Douglass (Rosen, 2005) or Peter Burchard's book of the same name (S & S, 2003). Thorpe describes the Native American baseball player's birth in the Indian Territory of Oklahoma, his education at the repressive Indian schools, and his groundbreaking career as one of the most well-rounded and talented athletes of the 20th century. Unfortunately, the author includes too much play-by-play detail about individual games, making some of the chapters dry, but the book is still better suited for reports than Joseph Bruchac's fictionalized Jim Thorpe (Dial, 2006). Both titles are illustrated with a variety of period photos and art prints.—Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766030251
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/2009
Series:
Americans—the Spirit of a Nation Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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