Frederick Douglass. [First Edition, Inscribed and Signed by the Author]
Important study of the life of the great Frederick Douglass
The author, Benjamin Quarles, was a noted scholar of the African-American experience, and this book is one of the definitive works upon the life of Frederick Douglass, a former slave who became a famed orator and champion of 19th-century reform: “[He] was an outstanding liberal advocating, among other reforms, woman’s suffrage, temperance, and practical education, in addition to his major cause, the abolition of Negro slavery. He was wiser than the abolitionists who gave him his early schooling. When he learned to do his own thinking he abandoned the leadership of Wendell Phillips and William Lloyd Garrison because, great as their efforts were for the emancipation of the slave, they proclaimed separation from the section where the bondsmen were in chains. Such a policy, if carried out, would have left the Southern Negro in a hopeless state. Douglass insisted that the Constitution was anti-slavery and hence was a potential political weapon for emancipation. Working through the Liberty party and other anti-slavery affiliations, he made a significant contribution to the destruction of slavery.” From the Foreword: “No study of the Garrison school of reformers, Liberty party abolitionism, the techniques of anti-slavery agitation or the role of the Negro in the Civil War and Reconstruction is complete without constant reference to the career of Frederick Douglass.”
Description: Frederick Douglass. [First Edition, Inscribed and Signed by the Author]
Washington, D.C.: Associated Press, 1948. xi, , 378pp. First Edition. Illustrated. Near fine in publisher’s cloth with a dust jacket in like condition. Warmly inscribed, signed, and dated by the author.