Frederick Douglass by David W. Blight audiobook

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

By David W. Blight
Read by Prentice Onayemi

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781416590316
36.95 Hours Unabridged
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**Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History** *Winner of the Bancroft, Parkman, Los Angeles Times (biography), Lincoln, Plutarch, and Christopher Awards* Named one of the Best Books of 2018 by The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Time “Extraordinary…a great American biography” (The New Yorker) of the most important African-American of the nineteenth century: Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era. As a young man Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) escaped from slavery in Baltimore, Maryland. He was fortunate to have been taught to read by his slave owner mistress, and he would go on to become one of the major literary figures of his time. His very existence gave the lie to slave owners: with dignity and great intelligence he bore witness to the brutality of slavery. Initially mentored by William Lloyd Garrison, Douglass spoke widely, using his own story to condemn slavery. By the Civil War, Douglass had become the most famed and widely travelled orator in the nation. In his unique and eloquent voice, written and spoken, Douglass was a fierce critic of the United States as well as a radical patriot. After the war he sometimes argued politically with younger African Americans, but he never forsook either the Republican party or the cause of black civil and political rights. In this “cinematic and deeply engaging” (The New York Times Book Review) biography, David Blight has drawn on new information held in a private collection that few other historian have consulted, as well as recently discovered issues of Douglass’s newspapers. “Absorbing and even moving…a brilliant book that speaks to our own time as well as Douglass’s” (The Wall Street Journal), Blight’s biography tells the fascinating story of Douglass’s two marriages and his complex extended family. “David Blight has written the definitive biography of Frederick Douglass…a powerful portrait of one of the most important American voices of the nineteenth century” (The Boston Globe).

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for History

Winner of the 2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography

A 2018 Time Magazine Top 10 Books of the Year selection in Nonfiction

A New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year

A PBS Pick of Books about Reconstruction

A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in US Abolition of Slavery History

An Amazon Best Book of the Month

**Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History**

*Winner of the Bancroft, Parkman, Los Angeles Times (biography), Lincoln, Plutarch, and Christopher Awards*

Named one of the Best Books of 2018 by The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Time

“Extraordinary…a great American biography” (The New Yorker) of the most important African-American of the nineteenth century: Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era.

As a young man Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) escaped from slavery in Baltimore, Maryland. He was fortunate to have been taught to read by his slave owner mistress, and he would go on to become one of the major literary figures of his time. His very existence gave the lie to slave owners: with dignity and great intelligence he bore witness to the brutality of slavery.

Initially mentored by William Lloyd Garrison, Douglass spoke widely, using his own story to condemn slavery. By the Civil War, Douglass had become the most famed and widely travelled orator in the nation. In his unique and eloquent voice, written and spoken, Douglass was a fierce critic of the United States as well as a radical patriot. After the war he sometimes argued politically with younger African Americans, but he never forsook either the Republican party or the cause of black civil and political rights.

In this “cinematic and deeply engaging” (The New York Times Book Review) biography, David Blight has drawn on new information held in a private collection that few other historian have consulted, as well as recently discovered issues of Douglass’s newspapers. “Absorbing and even moving…a brilliant book that speaks to our own time as well as Douglass’s” (The Wall Street Journal), Blight’s biography tells the fascinating story of Douglass’s two marriages and his complex extended family. “David Blight has written the definitive biography of Frederick Douglass…a powerful portrait of one of the most important American voices of the nineteenth century” (The Boston Globe).

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Blight employs lively and absorbing prose to capture Douglass’ trajectory from escaped slave to celebrated orator and abolitionist.” Time
“Cinematic and deeply engaging…a tour de force of storytelling.” New York Times Book Review
“Absorbing and even moving…a book that speaks to our own time as well as Douglass’…A brilliant book.” Wall Street Journal
“A consistently engrossing book that is likely to remain the definitive account of Douglass’ life for many years to come.” Nation
“Blight’s biography was one of the best reviewed books of 2018. Prentice Onayemi’s narration reveals why. Reading in a mostly measured, calm, almost soothing tone, he captivates, enthralls, engages, and, at times, enrages. But when needed, Onayemi evokes the drama and emotion of the turbulent times in which Douglass lived…Onayemi’s narration captures the essence of Douglass’ life and message—and leaves one wondering what Douglass would make of our nation today.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: David W. Blight

Author Bio: David W. Blight

David W. Blight is the director of Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition and a professor of American history. Among his books is Race and Reunion, which won the Frederick Douglass Prize, the Lincoln Prize, and the Bancroft Prize. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 36.95
Audience: Adult
Language: English