Book cover of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. BlightBy David Blight  

**Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History**

“Extraordinary…a great American biography” (The New Yorker) of the most important African-American of the nineteenth century: Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era.

As a young man Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) escaped from slavery in Baltimore, Maryland. He was fortunate to have been taught to read by his slave owner mistress, and he would go on to become one of the major literary figures of his time. His very existence gave the lie to slave owners: with dignity and great intelligence he bore witness to the brutality of slavery.

Interview with the Author

The Book Review
Big New Biographies of Two Big American Lives
11/9/18       54 min

Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes
America’s Prophet of Freedom with David Blight
7/21/20       58 min

Just the Right Book Podcast
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
11/7/18       77 min

Talks at GS
David W. Blight
9/6/19         39 min

Live at Politics and Prose
David W. Blight: Live at Politics
11/2/18        71 min

Midtown Scholar Bookstore
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
2/11/20        79 min

Speaking of Writers
David W. Blight Frederick Douglass
11/21/18         14 min


Midtown Scholar Bookstore
An Evening with DAVID BLIGHT Pulitzer Prize Winning Author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
2/23/20         103 min

Talks at GS
David W. Blight, “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom”
4/25/19       37 min


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