Synopses & Reviews
Like no other reference before it, The Frederick Douglass Encyclopedia
celebrates and investigates the life, writings, and activism of one of the most influential African Americans in U.S. history.
The Frederick Douglass Encyclopedia offers more than 100 alphabetically organized entries covering Douglass's extraordinary journey from childhood in bondage to forceful spokesperson for equality and freedom before, during, and after the Civil War. In addition to biographical details, the book looks at the full breadth of Douglass's writings and speeches, as well as the events that shaped his intellect and political views. Together, these entries create an enduring portrait of one of the nation's most iconic figures, a man who went from slavery to invited guest in Abraham Lincoln's White House, whose commitment to freedom for all led to his participation in the first women's rights conference at Seneca Falls, and whose profound influence ranged well beyond the borders of the United States.
"…impressive reference work…For exhaustive and historical coverage of Douglass's tremendous influence on life in the US, this resource, also available electronically, will be most valuable for libraries. Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers." -
"Academic libraries building comprehensive African American studies collections will definitely want to purchase this new volume…" -
"Similar to such works as Paul Finkleman's Encyclopedia of African American History 1619-1895 and Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates's Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African & African American Experience, this resource masterfully investigates the life, writings, and activism of one of the most influential African Americans in U.S. history. As such, it belongs in all school and undergraduate libraries." -
"Students, teachers, and researchers will find this book easy to use and enlightening, and it is recommended for public and academic libraries." -
A new cornerstone reference for students, scholars, and general readers, on Frederick Douglass—his life, writings, speeches, political views, and legacy.
• Helps readers go beyond the basic understanding of Douglass to explore the facets of his life and work, focusing on his life as an example of the power of literacy at a time what it was denied to most African Americans
• Shows Douglass' influence in areas beyond abolitionism, including women's rights, public policy, and international relations
• Serves as a cornerstone work on one of the most remarkable and influence men in U.S. history
• Brings together expert scholars from a variety of disciplines to offer alternative perspectives on the work of Frederick Douglass
• Comprises 100 alphabetically organized entries on the life, writings, activism, and influence of Frederick Douglass
• Presents a team of expert contributors providing insights into all facets of Douglass' life and work
• Includes drawings and photographs of the life of Frederick Douglass
• Outlines a chronology of the major events of the life of Frederick Douglass and of the nation during his lifetime
• Provides a bibliography of print and online resources for further reading