Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass (Paperback)

The Story Behind an American Friendship

By Russell Freedman

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780544668270, 128pp.

Publication Date: March 8, 2016

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (6/19/2012)

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From the author of Lincoln: A Photobiography, comes a clear-sighted, carefully researched account of two surprisingly parallel lives and how they intersected at a critical moment in U.S. history. Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass were both self-taught, both great readers and believers in the importance of literacy, both men born poor who by their own efforts reached positions of power and prominence—Lincoln as president of the United States and Douglass as the most famous and influential African American of his time. Though their meetings were few and brief, their exchange of ideas helped to end the Civil War, reunite the nation, and abolish slavery. Includes bibliography, source notes, and index.

About the Author

RUSSELL FREEDMAN received the Newbery Medal for Lincoln: A Photobiography. He is also the recipient of three Newbery Honors, a National Humanities Medal, the Sibert Medal, the Orbis Pictus Award, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and was selected to give the 2006 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. Mr. Freedman lives in New York City and travels widely to research his books.

Praise For Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship

* “Freedman writes with clarity, intelligence, and a fine sense of detail . . . a well-researched, wonderfully readable book.” 
Booklist, starred review

* “A lucid and fascinating narrative that never sacrifices depth and intellectual rigor. . . . A marvel of history writing that makes complicated history clear and interesting.” 
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“True to form, Freedman relies heavily on period illustrations and primary and secondary sources, breathing life into both men through a generous assortment of their own words.” 
Horn Book
“This book would be an asset for any classroom because it shows how two men set lasting examples of equality, integrity, and selflessness.” 
* “A first-rate volume for classroom study and general reading.” 
School Library Journal, starred review
* “Clear, accessible storytelling.” 
Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Freedman does not deviate an inch from his customary knack of selecting the precise details an adolescent reader will require to sort through complex issues and often conflicted personalities.”