Drawing on previously untapped sources, Young Frederick Douglass recreates with fidelity and in convincing detail the background and early life of the man who was to become "the gadfly of America's conscience" and the undisputed spokesman for nineteenth-century black Americans.
With a new foreword by renowned Douglass scholar David W. Blight, Dickson J. Preston's highly regarded biography traces the life and times of Frederick Douglass from his birth on Maryland's Eastern Shore in 1818 until 1838, when he escaped from slavery to emerge upon the national scene. Astounding his white contemporaries with his oratorical brilliance and intellectual capabilities, Douglass dared to challenge the doctrine of white supremacy on its own grounds. At the time of Douglass's death in 1895, one eulogist wrote that he was probably the best-known American throughout the world since Abraham Lincoln.
Dickson J. Preston (1914-1985) worked for more than thirty years as a newspaper reporter and editor. He lived in Talbot County on Maryland's Eastern Shore, not far from the birthplace of Frederick Douglass. David W. Blight is the Class of 1954 Professor of American History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University.
Foreword by, David W. BlightForeword by, James MichenerPrefaceAcknowledgementsPart I. A Boy Named Frederick1. The Bailey Heritage2. Father Image: Aaron Anthony3. Frederick's Birth4. The Colonel and the Slave Boy5. Rule by Terror6. Fells Point7. Teen-Age Rebel8. Rebirth9. Preparation for FreedomPart II. The Exile's Return10. Postwar Reunions11. Homecoming to TalbotAppendix A. A Douglass ChronologyAppendix B. Genealogy of Frederick DouglassA Note on SourcesNotesIndex