Frederick Douglass

A Biography

by C. James Trotman


Frederick Douglass was a champion of freedom who stood up for what he believed. He attended the Seneca Falls Convention and became an early supporter of women's right to vote. He led the recruiting effort for the 54th Massachusetts, the first all-black Union combat unit in the Civil War, and he founded The North Star, the second black newspaper published in America.

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January 2011


Pages 158
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Race and Ethnicity/African American Studies

Written for young adults, this biography of Frederick Douglass covers the life of the most famous black abolitionist and intellectual of the 19th century.

Frederick Douglass: A Biography explores the life of the most famous black abolitionist and intellectual of the 19th century. The book covers the major developments of Douglass's life from his birth in 1818 through his time as a slave and his rise to prominence as the most famous black voice for freedom of his time.

The biography discusses Douglass's relationships with such figures as John Brown, the feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and five presidents of the United States, including Abraham Lincoln. It analyzes his role in national politics before, during, and after the Civil War, and examines the way his life is tied to significant local, regional, and national events. By focusing on the importance of spirituality in Douglass's life, this revealing work adds to our understanding of the man, the way he saw himself, and the many things he accomplished.


  • Original documents include recent sources about Douglass’s activities in Pennsylvania and in Europe
  • Presents photographs of Douglass, his family, and other important figures in his life


  • Covers the major developments and events of Douglass’s life from his birth in 1818 to his death in 1895
  • Focuses on the role of spirituality in Douglass’s life, thus offering a different viewpoint on his life and work than other biographies
  • Discusses Douglass’s legacy and those his life has inspired
Author Info

C. James Trotman, PhD, is professor of English and founding director of the Frederick Douglass Institute at West Chester University, West Chester, PA. Dr. Trotman is the editor of Multiculturalism: Roots and Realities, a collection of essays on Frederick Douglass, multiculturalism, and women in the 19th century. In 2007, he received the Trustees' Academic Achievement Award from West Chester University.

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