Frederick Douglass: In His Own Words

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A collection of speeches and editorials chronicles the effects of slavery and the struggle to overthrow it, describes the free black experience before and after emancipation, relates the politics of the Civil War, and analyzes the Reconstruction.

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Milton Meltzer has written 110 books, five of which were nominated for the National Book Award. With Langston Hughes, he coauthored A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF AFRICAN AMERICANS, now in its sixth edition. He received the 2001 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his contribution to children's literature, the 1986 Jane Addams Peace Association Children's Book Award, and the 2000 Regina Medal. He lives in New York City.

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Grade 6 Up?A compelling, cogent collection of well-researched primary-source materials reflecting Douglass's insight, integrity, and intelligence. Sixty-six speeches, encompassing a span of 40 years, are chronologically divided into sections devoted to before, during, and after the Civil War. A brief descriptive annotation introduces each, speech noting its date, place delivered, and circumstances surrounding its presentation. The selections, mainly two to three pages in length, afford a rich resource for report writers, orators, and debaters. Their impassioned language clamors for justice, decries inequality, and challenges readers to envision the past and to assess its validity and timeliness against today's headlines. The emotional impact of the text is given form and substance as single-and double-page linocuts visually transform prose into pictures of stark majesty sharply defined by unquestioned skill. These illustrations mirror the words reflecting the cruel nature of slavery and the vision of one man who sought to abolish injustice. Brief profiles of the subject's contemporaries?Susan B. Anthony, William Lloyd Garrison, Anthony Burns, and Harriet Tubman?are appended. Douglass's words live again in this volume, invoking young people to never give up the struggle for freedom and equality for all.?Joanne Kelleher, Commack Public Library, NY
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