Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom


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Simon & Schuster
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6.1 X 9.1 X 2.2 inches | 2.05 pounds

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About the Author

David W. Blight received his B.A. from Michigan State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He is the Sterling Professor of American History and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale University. In 2019 he won the Pulitzer Prize in history for his work, FREDERICK DOUGLASS: PROPHET OF FREEDOM. He has also written FREDERICK DOUGLASS�S CIVIL WAR and RACE AND REUNION: THE CIVIL WAR IN AMERICAN MEMORY, 1863-1915, which received eight awards, including the Bancroft Prize, the Frederick Douglass Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Prize and four prizes awarded by the Organization of American Historians. His book, A SLAVE NO MORE: THE EMANCIPATION OF JOHN WASHINGTON AND WALLACE TURNAGE earned three awards. Dr. Blight has edited or co-edited six other books, and his essays have appeared in numerous journals. In 2013-2014 he was the Pitt Professor of American History at the University of Cambridge. A consultant to several documentary films, Dr. Blight appeared in the 1998 PBS series, Africans in America, and has served on the Council of the American Historical Association. In 2023 he will serve as president of the Organization of American Historians.


"Cinematic and deeply engaging. . . . a tour de force of storytelling."--Brent Staples "The New York Times Book Review"
"Absorbing and even moving . . . Mr. Blight displays his lifelong interest in Douglass on almost every page, and his own voice is active and eloquent throughout the narrative. It is a book that speaks to our own time as well as Douglass's. . . . A brilliant book."--John Stauffer "The Wall Street Journal"
"The first major biography of Douglass in nearly three decades. . . . Blight isn't looking to overturn our understanding of Douglass, whose courage and achievements were unequivocal, but to complicate it -- a measure by which this ambitious and empathetic biography resoundingly succeeds."--Jennifer Szalai "The New York Times"
"Extraordinary. . . . Blight has certainly written, in the book's texture and density and narrative flow--one violent and provocative incident arriving right after another--a great American biography."--Adam Gopnik "The New Yorker"
"A consistently engrossing book that is likely to remain the definitive account of Douglass's life for many years to come."--Eric Foner "The Nation"
"A stunning achievement. Blight captures an icon in full humanity. From riveting drama in slavery and Civil War, his Douglass rises into clairvoyant genius on the blinkered centrality of race in our struggle for freedom."--Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of America in the King Years "The Nation"
"Extraordinary. . . . In Blight's pages, [Douglass's] voice again rings out loud and clear, melancholy and triumphant -- still prophesying, still agitating, still calling us to action."--Adam Goodheart "The Washington Post"
"David Blight has written the definitive biography of Frederick Douglass. With extraordinary detail he illuminates the complexities of Douglass's life and career and paints a powerful portrait of one of the most important American voices of the 19th century. . . . Magisterial."--Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. "The Boston Globe"