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The Cambridge Companion to Frederick Douglass


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Maurice S. Lee, John Stauffer, Robert S. Levine, Sarah Meer, John Ernest, Maurice O. Wallace, Gregg Crane, Arthur Riss, Bill E. Lawson, Paul Giles, Ifeoma C. K. Nwankwo, Gene Andrew Jarrett, Valerie Smith
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  • Date Published: June 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521717878

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  • Frederick Douglass was born a slave and lived to become a best-selling author and a leading figure of the abolitionist movement. A powerful orator and writer, Douglass provided a unique voice advocating human rights and freedom across the nineteenth century, and remains an important figure in the fight against racial injustice. This Companion, designed for students of American history and literature, includes essays from prominent scholars working in a range of disciplines. Key topics in Douglass studies - his abolitionist work, oratory, and autobiographical writings – are covered in depth, and new perspectives on religion, jurisprudence, the Civil War, romanticism, sentimentality, the Black press, and transatlanticism are offered. Accessible in style, and representing new approaches in literary and African-American studies, this book is both a lucid introduction and a contribution to existing scholarship.

    • Explores Douglass's work in detail, with chapters on key themes in his thought
    • Covers a wide range of Douglass's contexts and his influence on later generations of writers
    • Features a chronology and guide to further reading
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    • Date Published: June 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521717878
    • length: 214 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Maurice S. Lee
    1. Douglass's self-making and the culture of abolitionism John Stauffer
    2. Identity in the autobiographies Robert S. Levine
    3. Douglass as orator and editor Sarah Meer
    4. Crisis and faith in Douglass's work John Ernest
    5. Violence, manhood, and war in Douglass Maurice O. Wallace
    6. Human law and higher law Gregg Crane
    7. Sentimental Douglass Arthur Riss
    8. Douglass among the Romantics Bill E. Lawson
    9. Douglass's Black Atlantic: Britain, Europe, Egypt Paul Giles
    10. Douglass's Black Atlantic: the Caribbean Ifeoma C. K. Nwankwo
    11. Douglass, ideological slavery, and postbellum racial politics Gene Andrew Jarrett
    12. Born in slavery: echoes and legacies Valerie Smith
    Guide to further reading

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Black Cultural Studies (Honors Seminar)
    • C19 American Masculinities
    • Colloquium on the African Diaspora
    • Power and Resistance
    • Transatlantic Victorians
  • Editor

    Maurice S. Lee, Boston University
    Maurice S. Lee is Assistant Professor of English at Boston University.


    Maurice S. Lee, John Stauffer, Robert S. Levine, Sarah Meer, John Ernest, Maurice O. Wallace, Gregg Crane, Arthur Riss, Bill E. Lawson, Paul Giles, Ifeoma C. K. Nwankwo, Gene Andrew Jarrett, Valerie Smith

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