February marks the anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass, a freed slave and abolitionist leader of his time. Here’s an autobiography for the teens and adults, as well as a biography geared to kids age 8 and up.
The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass was Douglass’ third autobiography.
In it he was able to go into greater detail about his life as a slave and his escape from slavery, as he and his family were no longer in any danger from the reception of his work.
It is also the only of Douglass’ autobiographies to discuss his life during and after the Civil War, including his encounters with American Presidents such as Lincoln, Grant, and Garfield.
To introduce kids to the life and works of Frederick Douglass, consider Who Was Frederick Douglass? (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $5.99)
Born into slavery in Maryland in 1818, Frederick Douglass was determined to gain freedom—and once he realized that knowledge was power, he secretly learned to read and write to give himself an advantage.
After escaping to the North in 1838, as a free man he gave powerful speeches about his experience as a slave.
He was so impressive that he became a friend of President Abraham Lincoln, as well as one of the most famous abolitionists of the nineteenth century.