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Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
by David W. Blight
769 pages
Simon & Schuster
Published: October 2018

David Blight’s “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” was published in 2018 and received the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2019. Blight is Professor of American History at Yale University and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition. He has written a half-dozen books focused on the Civil War and its aftermath.

Blight’s biography was catalyzed by the author’s lifelong interest in Douglass and his access to a collection of privately-held documents covering the last decades of his subject’s life. What resulted is a weighty, thorough, meticulously thoughtful and incredibly penetrating analysis of…

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