#Non-fiction Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
- Author: D. W. Blight
- Title: Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (1818-1895)
- Published: 2018
- Trivia: Pulitzer Prize for History 2019
- Wikipedia: Frederick Douglass
- List of Challenges 2019
- Monthly reading plan
- Audio Book 36 hrs 57 min
Ch 1-16 Exposition…
- Childhood, slave work, escape
- from Maryland to the North, New York.
- Douglass was a renowned orator.
- He spent years on speaking tours
- in US and Europe against slavery.
Ch 17- 21 the book begins to sparkle…
- Douglass asks the question
- we are still asking…more than 150 years later:
- Why deprive the right to vote for black Americans?
- …what is the world afraid of?
Douglass meets Lincoln in the White House.
- Lincoln – the emancipator
- …the elegant restraint of a statesman
- …spoke with an eye on legality and public opinion
- Douglass – the national evangelist
- …with the fiery tones of a prophet.
Ch 22 – 31 Reconstruction….
- Douglass made no distinction between
- Andrew Johnson’s white supremacy and slavery itself…
- ….as long as Johnson controlled
- reconstruction the war was not over.
- Douglass speaking about President Andrew Johnson is an
- “…unmitigated calamity and a
- disgrace the country must stagger under.”
- Frederick Douglass was a
- frightening black man with brains
- …President Andrew Johnson’s basic nightmare!
- This is the best way to learn history…read biography.
- We read that progress has been made
- …but still America is polarized on the color line.
- The routine suppression of black voters
- is far-reaching and has devastating consequences.
- We cannot be silent about it.
Best quote….and worth thinking about
- There is NO negro problem.
- The problem is whether the American people have
- honesty enough, loyalty enough, patriotism enough
- to live up to their Constitution.