Yes! I was lucky enough to be one of those that got a free copy of this book and it arrived today!Thanks to Gilder Lehrman, I (may) be getting a free copy of this book!
I was thinking about this quote, used in a number of Grant biographies, while reading this remarkable biography of Douglass. Blight seems to be quite critical of Grant in this book. I’m wondering whether Blight is biased or whether he has some insight that recent Grant biographers don’t.Frederick Douglass eulogized Grant as “a man too broad for prejudice, too humane to despise the humblest, too great to be small at any point. In him the Negro found a protector, the Indian a friend, a vanquished foe a brother, an imperiled nation a savior.”
Thanks, @Pat Young , for posting such a thoughtful collection of excerpts from this remarkable biography. I’m glad I waited until after reading the book to read this thread, so that I appreciate how well you have summarized it.Thanks. I appreciate you reading such a long thread.
I believe that in many ways Blight has been researching this for decades. While reading the book I watched Blight’s Yale course again, and was struck by how often he quoted Douglass, as well as how much he integrated other African American perspectives. Blight has certainly played a key role in drawing attention to the importance of Douglass.He has been working on it for years. I saw him at a conference a few years ago and he was talking to other historians about "Fred" as though he was his cousin. I asked someone about the seemingly strange familiarity Blight displayed and the person laughed and said that Blight was "living with Frederick Douglass." The other person I heard speak in a similar way was Bruce Catton. "Oh Bruce" he said about something he thought Catton was wrong about.
Thank you. I think that this book is extremely well written, and was glad to see that it has won many prizes, including the Pulitzer.and that is the conclusion of a very long review.