Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
- Author: David W. Blight
- Pub Date: October 16, 2018
- Page count: 912
- ISBN 10:1416590315
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight is an explosive and dramatic biography of one of the pillars of American history, the nineteenth-century Afro-American orator, an escaped slave who became one of the pioneering abolitionists and freedom fighters of the era —Frederick Douglass.
The author explores elements of the life of this great man that haven’t been featured in known works about him, allowing readers insights into his life and a free gaze into his soul. What is it that shaped this indefatigable critique of the American society and an unrepentant patriot? Readers will learn how this slave learned to read and progressed to found his own newspaper, an orator who spoke to large crowds, and shook the very foundations of racism.
Frederick Douglass’ life was a great testament of freedom, a legacy that paved the way for many a freedom fighter over the years. In this latest book, David W. Blight plunges into the depths of his soul, explores the pain that drove him, while examining his life’s work. Thoroughly researched and filled with historical references, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom is a timely and compelling biography that will inspire readers and provoke reflection on the reality of the color line at a critical moment in US history, a conundrum that still stares contemporary Americans in the face — and defiantly.
Reviewed by Bertin Drizller
Review Date: October 13, 2019