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Synopsis: Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln were the preeminent self-made men of their time. In this masterful dual biography, award-winning Harvard University scholar John Stauffer describes the transformations in the lives of these two giants during a major shift in cultural history, when men rejected the status quo and embraced new ideals of personal liberty. As Douglass and Lincoln reinvented themselves and ultimately became friends, they transformed America.
Lincoln was born dirt poor, had less than one year of formal schooling, and became the nation's greatest president. Douglass spent the first twenty years of his life as a slave, had no formal schooling-in fact, his masters forbade him to read or write-and became one of the nation's greatest writers and activists, as well as a spellbinding orator and messenger of audacious hope, the pioneer who blazed the path traveled by future African-American leaders.
At a time when most whites would not let a black man cross their threshold, Lincoln invited Douglass into the White House. Lincoln recognized that he needed Douglass to help him destroy the Confederacy and preserve the Union; Douglass realized that Lincoln's shrewd sense of public opinion would serve his own goal of freeing the nation's blacks. Their relationship shifted in response to the country's debate over slavery, abolition, and emancipation.
Both were ambitious men. They had great faith in the moral and technological progress of their nation. And they were not always consistent in their views. John Stauffer describes their personal and political struggles with a keen understanding of the dilemmas Douglass and Lincoln confronted and the social context in which they occurred. What emerges is a brilliant portrait of how two of America's greatest leaders lived.
About the Author: John Stauffer is Professor of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University. His first book, The Black Hearts of Men: Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race (Harvard University Press, 2002), was the co-winner of the 2002 Frederick Douglass Book Prize from the Gilder Lehrman Institue; winner of the Avery Craven Book Prize from the OAH; and the Lincoln Prize runner-up. Other works include: Meteor of War: The John Brown Story (with Zoe Trodd, 2004); Frederick Douglass' My Bondage and My Freedom (editor, 2003).
Title: Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick ...
Publication Date: 2008
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Printing
Book Description Twelve, New York, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good in Very Good DJ. First edition. 432 pp., lg 8vo. Hardcover in dj. First & signed limitied edition. Slight sunning to spine foot. Slight bumping to bottom board edge corners. Spine slightly cocked. Pgs crisp & clean. Slight rubbing & scuffing & bumping to dj. Creasing to dj panel front. Seller Inventory # 152572
Book Description Twelve (Hachett Book Group). New York., 2008. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. NF/NF. First edition, first printing. Signed by author on title page. Mr. Stauffer is chair of the history of American civilization and professor of English at Harvard. 432 pp. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 15088