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The Resource Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass : the story behind an American friendship, Russell Freedman

Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass : the story behind an American friendship, Russell Freedman

Label
Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass : the story behind an American friendship
Title
Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass
Title remainder
the story behind an American friendship
Statement of responsibility
Russell Freedman
Title variation
Abraham Lincoln & Frederick Douglass
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This book describes events in the relationship between abolotionist and former slave Frederick Douglass, and President Abraham Lincoln
Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2013
  • Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2012
  • School Library Journal Best Nonfiction Books, 2012.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 5 – 10 — Freedman tells the story of a friendship between two men who shared many characteristics. Lincoln and Douglass were both self-educated, born into poverty, and, through relentless effort and hard work, reached great success. Both men fought for freedom and equality for all Americans, both black and white, as promised in the Declaration of Independence. Divided into 10 chapters, the book offers biographical details for each man, an overview of the Civil War, Lincoln's changing attitude toward African Americans, Douglass's endeavors to create black regiments within the Union army, and descriptions of the men's face-to-face meetings. Captioned black-and-white photographs and reproductions are found on almost every page. An appendix, a selected bibliography, notes, and a list of historic sites complete the volume. Douglass's quotes are largely taken from his three autobiographies, and the Lincoln quotes, while taken from secondary sources, are from definitive and modern standard sources. A first-rate volume for classroom study and general reading.—Patricia Ann Owens, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges --Patricia Ann Owens (Reviewed May 1, 2012) (School Library Journal, vol 58, issue 05, p129)
  • /* Starred Review */ Freedman revisits the subject of his Newbery-winning Lincoln: A Photobiography (1987), but this time the 16th president shares billing with his friend and ally, abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The story opens with Douglass anxiously waiting to meet Lincoln for the first time to air grievances about the treatment of African-American soldiers during the Civil War. “At forty-five... he was a commanding figure, taller than most men, with a powerful athlete’s build, graying hair, penetrating brown eyes and a carefully trimmed beard.” Subsequent chapters detail the leaders’ often parallel biographies. Both were self-made and shared a passion for reading, rising from poverty to prominence. In clear, accessible storytelling, Freedman brings the book back full circle to the pair’s first meeting. Reprints of b&w photographs, engravings, political cartoons, and posters appear throughout (the most graphic of which depicts the hanging of a captured African-American soldier). Appendices, source notes, and a bibliography conclude what is not only the story of two powerful men who shaped the course of the United States, but also a brief history of the war that raged while they forged a fast but deep friendship. Ages 9–12. (June) â–  --Staff (Reviewed April 30, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 18, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass met only three times, but their friendship changed a nation. Lincoln was white and president of the United States; Douglass was black and a former slave. Yet they were kindred spirits: Both had risen from poverty to prominence, both were self-educated men and both had a book in common, Caleb Bingham's The Columbian Orator. In fact, 12-year-old Douglass was secretly reading the book of speeches and dialogues in Baltimore at the same time Lincoln was reading it in Illinois, and the appendix here presents an excerpt, "Dialogue between a Master and Slave." When they first met, in 1863, the nation was at war. Lincoln struggled to keep the nation together, while Douglass welcomed war as a first step toward ending slavery; Douglass was ever the voice of moral conscience, nudging Lincoln to do the right thing on behalf of the enslaved. In this slim volume, Freedman makes a narrative challenge look effortless. He tells the stories of two prominent Americans, traces the debate over slavery from the Missouri Compromise to the Kansas-Nebraska Act and the Dred Scott decision and explains how these events created a momentum that pushed the nation toward war. He does all of this in a lucid and fascinating narrative that never sacrifices depth and intellectual rigor. A marvel of history writing that makes complicated history clear and interesting. (selected bibliography, notes, picture credits) (Nonfiction. 9-14) (Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2012)
Biography type
collective biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10126148
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1929-2018
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Freedman, Russell
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Intended audience
1110L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 10
Nature of contents
bibliography
Reading level
8.3
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Lincoln, Abraham
  • Douglass, Frederick
  • Lincoln, Abraham
  • Douglass, Frederick
  • Presidents
  • African American abolitionists
  • Friendship
  • Presidents
  • African American abolitionists
  • Friendship
Target audience
pre adolescent
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the story behind an American friendship
Label
Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass : the story behind an American friendship, Russell Freedman
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"Clarion books."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [108]-109) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
860873
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
119 pages
Isbn
9780547385624
Lccn
2011025953
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780547385624
Label
Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass : the story behind an American friendship, Russell Freedman
Publication
Note
"Clarion books."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [108]-109) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
860873
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
119 pages
Isbn
9780547385624
Lccn
2011025953
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780547385624

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