Frederick Douglass (History Maker Bios)

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A biography of the man who, after escaping slavery, became an orator, writer, and leader in the abolitionist movement in the nineteenth century.

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Reviewed with Mary Winget's Eleanor Roosevelt.

Gr. 3-5. These appealing life stories from the History Maker Bios series will be handy to have around for research and reports, recreational reading, and as a supplement to social studies units. Both books are written in a conversational tone and are well organized. Welch's inspirational portrait tells of Douglass' hard years as a slave and his daring escape, as well as his later passionate speeches and work to abolish slavery. Equally inspiring is Eleanor Roosevelt's story of helping the poor and fighting for the rights of minorities, even when it wasn't in her husband's political interest. Neither book shies away from controversial topics. Welch discusses the anger many blacks felt when Douglass married a white woman after his first wife's death, and Winget touches on Eleanor's sadness and hurt when she discovers love letters written by one of her friends to her husband. A few archival photographs and several period illustrations enrich Douglass' story. Many black-and-white photographs document Roosevelt's life. A time line, multiple bibliographies, and a list of Web sites are appended. Lauren Peterson
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