Special Printing of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom Offered to Title I-eligible Schools

Thanks to the generosity of a group of African American business and civic leaders, the Gilder Lehrman Institute is pleased to present a special offer only for Title I-eligible schools: a Gilder Lehrman Institute-exclusive printing of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight.

Named one of the ten best books of the year by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Time, and winner of the 2019 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, this book is a definitive, dramatic biography of arguably the most important African American public figure of the nineteenth century: Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era. In this remarkable biography, Blight has drawn on new information held in a private collection that few other historians have consulted, as well as recently discovered issues of Douglass’s newspapers. Blight tells the fascinating story of Douglass’s two marriages and his complex extended family.

As part of this special offer, each teacher will receive two copies of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom: one to keep, one for a student on whom, in the teacher’s judgment, this book will have the greatest impact. 

The Institute has also developed a special page of teaching resources on Frederick Douglass, which can be found at gilderlehrman.org/frederickdouglass.