"Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom" by David Blight reviewed by NY Times


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From the review:

Blight isn’t looking to overturn our understanding of Douglass, whose courage and achievements were unequivocal, but to complicate it — a measure by which this ambitious and empathetic biography resoundingly succeeds. When Douglass died suddenly of a heart attack in 1895, his life had spanned the upheavals of the 19th century. Death may have marked one kind of ending, but as Blight shows, the voice lived on. “Douglass,” he writes, “was not gone.”
 


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