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Frederick Douglass

A Noble Life

David A. Adler


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Born into slavery in 1818 and raised on a Maryland plantation under brutal conditions, Frederick Douglass, against all odds, grew up to become a famous orator, journalist, author, and adviser to U.S. presidents. Many contemporaries found it hard to believe that he was an escaped slave with no formal education. Douglass was also controversial. He urged slaves to revolt and befriended the radical abolitionist John Brown. A pivotal figure in U.S. history, he helped Abraham Lincoln issue the Emancipation Proclamation and was an ambassador to Haiti. Timeline, chapter notes, bibliography. 

A Junior Library Guild Selection!

Holiday House, 9780823420568, 144pp.

Publication Date: January 15, 2010

About the Author

David A. Adler is the author of many critically hailed biographies for children, including the best-selling Picture Book Biography series. He lives in the New York City metropolitan area. You can visit his website at