Reformer and Statesman
Routledge – 2013 – 229 pages
Series: Routledge Historical Americans
Frederick Douglass was born a slave in Talbot County, Maryland, in February, 1818. From these humble beginnings, Douglass went on to become a world-famous orator, newspaper editor, and champion of the rights of women and African Americans. He was the most prominent African American activist of the 19th century. He remains important in American history because he moved beyond relief at his own personal freedom to dedicating his life to the progress of his race and his country.
This volume offers a short biographical exploration of Douglass' life in the broader context of the 19th century world, and pulls together some of his most important writings on slavery, civil rights, and political issues. Bolstered by the series website, which provides instructors with more images and documents, as well as targeted links to further research, Frederick Douglass: Reformer and Statesman gives the student of American history a fully-rounded glimpse into the world inhabited by this great figure.
Chapter 1: The World of Slavery
Chapter 2: Antislavery Activism
Chapter 3: The Nation at War
Chapter 4: The Aftermath of War
Chapter 5: Aging Reformer and Stalwart Republican
L. Diane Barnes is Associate Professor of History at Youngstown State University. She is also an Associate Editor working on the Frederick Douglass Papers, putting together a scholarly edition of the Life and Times of Frederick Douglass.