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An obituary from The Washington Post in the immediate aftermath of Frederick's Douglass's death which summarized the eulogy of Rev. Francis J. Grimke. Using the language of the day, the headline in the Post calls Douglass "the greatest negro".
Frederick Douglass in Context by Edited by Michaël Roy
Publication Date: Cambridge, United Kingdom; New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2021
Frederick Douglass in Context provides an in-depth introduction to the multifaceted life and times of Frederick Douglass, the nineteenth-century's leading black activist and one of the most celebrated American writers. An international team of scholars sheds new light on the environments and communities that shaped Douglass's career. The book challenges the myth of Douglass as a heroic individualist who towered over family, friends, and colleagues, and reveals instead a man who relied on others and drew strength from a variety of personal and professional relations and networks. This volume offers both a comprehensive representation of Douglass and a series of concentrated studies of specific aspects of his work.
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight
Call Number: Essential Read
Publication Date: New York: Simon & Schuster, 2018
David Blight, as the magnum opus of an illustrious career as an historian, has written the definitive biography of Frederick Douglass. Blight had access to new primary source material that few scholars have used before. He brings to life again one of the most important people in American history.
Frederick Douglass: Autobiographies. Library of America. Contains his three autobiographies. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, and American Slave (1845), My Bondage and My Freedom (1855), and Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (1881). by Frederick Douglass; Henry Louis Gates (Editor).
Call Number: Essential Read
Publication Date: New York: Penguin, 1994
In this Library of America volume are collected Frederick Douglass's three autobiographical narratives. Writing with the eloquence and fierce intelligence that made him a brilliantly effective spokesman for the abolition of slavery and equal rights, Douglass shapes an inspiring vision of self-realization in the face of monumental odds. This volume contains a detailed chronology of Douglass's life, notes providing further background on the events and people mentioned, and an account of the textual history of each of the autobiographies.
Frederick Douglass: Selected Speeches and Writings by Frederick Douglass, edited by Yuval Taylor and Philip S. Foner
Publication Date: Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books, 1999
One of the greatest African American leaders and one of the most brilliant minds of his time, Frederick Douglass spoke and wrote with unsurpassed eloquence on almost all the major issues confronting the American people during his life--from the abolition of slavery to women's rights, from the Civil War to lynching, from American patriotism to black nationalism. Between 1950 and 1975, Philip S. Foner collected the most important of Douglass's hundreds of speeches, letters, articles, and editorials. Abridged and condensed into one volume, and supplemented with several important texts that Foner did not include, Frederick Douglass: Selected Speeches and Writings presents the most significant, insightful, and elegant short works of Douglass's massive oeuvre.
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The Speeches of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass; John R. McKivigan (Editor); Julie Husband; Heather L. Kaufman
Publication Date: New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2018
A collection of twenty of Frederick Douglass's most important orations. This volume brings together twenty of Frederick Douglass's most historically significant speeches on a range of issues, including slavery, abolitionism, civil rights, sectionalism, temperance, women's rights, economic development, and immigration. Douglass's oratory is accompanied by speeches that influenced him, his reflections on successful rhetorical strategies, contemporary commentary on his performances, and modern-day assessments of his rhetorical legacy.
The about page for the Frederick Douglass Papers held at the Library of Congress. This page links to the finding aid, description of the contents and organization of the collection, and digital scans of the vast majority of the collection's material. (There are two additions that have not been scanned.)
This database contains, among many other sources, the transcribed and searchable full-text of Frederick Douglass' main newspapers. Can be used in conjunction with the Library of Congress full-image files (see below).
The landing page for the collection of three of the four newspapers edited by Frederick Douglass over the course of his life: The North Star, Frederick Douglass' Paper, and New National Era. All of the issues in the collection are digitized and linked through this landing page, although the page notes that no complete collection is known to exist.