Monday, May 06, 2019

Twelve top books in which history matters

At the B&N Reads blog Ross Johnson tagged twelve essential history books, including:
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, by David W. Blight

He lived one of the most consequential of all American lives in a deeply turbulent time, even when large swaths of his country didn’t see him as a citizen, or even as a human being, for most of it. Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery and traveled the country to tell his own story of the institution’s brutality and horror, galvanizing the abolition movement and doing as much to end the institution of legal slavery as any single figure in American history. David W. Blight’s new, comprehensive biography takes a fresh look at Douglass’ life and times, incorporating new research and material from previously unavailable sources to create the most complete picture of the life of the activist, orator, and author.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue