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Unbound and unbroken : the story of Frederick Douglass
1st ed.
Publication Information:
Greensboro, N.C. : Morgan Reynolds Pub., c2011.
Physical Description:
143 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Born into slavery -- An educated slave -- Fighting to survive -- Dreaming of freedom -- Northward bound -- A new career -- Tactical decisions -- The constitution question -- An escalating conflict -- An American citizen.
Traces the life and historical impact of the noted abolitionist, detailing his birth into slavery and harsh upbringing, his subsequent escape, and his emergence as a leader.


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Wherever Frederick Douglass went, large crowds gathered to hear him speak. His story was so hard to believe that people wanted to hear him tell it for themselves. How could someone who spoke so eloquently have been born into slavery? How could he have learned to write so well when it was illegal to teach slaves to read and write? And how did he escape from his life as a slave in Maryland and make his way to freedom in the North? The story of Douglass's life remains one of the most inspiring tales in American history. He was born a slave in rural Maryland and never had much of a family. He saw his mother only a few times before she died, and he never knew who his father was. But from the time he was old enough to know what it meant to be a slave, he was determined to be free. Book jacket.

Author Notes

Amos Esty is a writer and editor living in New Hampshire.

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

Gr 8-10-Born a slave in Maryland in 1818, Douglass became an important crusader against slavery and one of the most popular orators of the 19th century. This biography, however, does not do him justice. Esty approaches his subject familiarly, calling him "Frederick" rather than "Douglass." The man's courage, determination, and intellect are given their due, but no mention is made of the scandals surrounding him, including several affairs and the poor treatment of his first wife. Sepia-toned illustrations appear throughout. David A. Adler's Frederick Douglass: A Noble Life (Holiday House, 2010) is a more thorough biography of this fascinating and complicated public figure.-Rebecca Donnelly, Loma Colorado Public Library, Rio Rancho, NM (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

These texts tell the life stories of two vocal nineteenth-century abolitionists: one a Boston journalist (Garrison) and the other an author and former slave (Douglass). The volumes describe how each man made important personal and professional contributions that helped shaped the anti-slavery movement; their lives also intersected in interesting ways. Many archival images support the solid narratives. Timeline, websites. Bib., ind. [Review covers these Civil Rights Leaders titles: The Liberator, and Unbound and Unbroken.] (c) Copyright 2011. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

With his passionate activism and courageous leadership, escaped slave Douglass changed history, and this gripping biography in the Civil Rights Leaders series will hook readers with discussions of the larger political issues as well as the subject's personal struggles. This biography addresses the bitter conflicts within the abolitionist movement over such issues as tactics, the role of women, religion, and the meaning of the Constitution, as well as the use of violence and the revolts of Nat Turner and John Brown. Of course, Douglass' autobiographical writing is the main source material for Unbound and Unbroken, and Esty features the stirring accounts of Douglass secretly teaching himself to read, his escape, and his passionate speeches. The design of the series is readable, with spacious type and many kinds of illustrations, including color and sepia photos, paintings, and reproductions of famous documents. Young researchers will also find extensive back matter with a detailed time line, chapter notes, and a bibliography of books and websites.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2010 Booklist

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Born into Slaveryp. 7
Chapter 2 An Educated Slavep. 18
Chapter 3 Fighting to Survivep. 29
Chapter 4 Dreaming of Freedomp. 38
Chapter 5 Northward Boundp. 53
Chapter 6 A New Careerp. 65
Chapter 7 Tactical Decisionsp. 79
Chapter 8 The Constitution Questionp. 95
Chapter 9 An Escalating Conflictp. 107
Chapter 10 An American Citizenp. 119
Timelinep. 134
Sourcesp. 136
Bibliographyp. 138
Web sitesp. 139
Indexp. 140
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