Frederick Douglass - 1899

Frederick Douglass - 1899 : The Beacon Biographies of Eminent Americans

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Frederick Douglass 1899 by Charles Chesnutt - The Beacon Biographies of Eminent Americans Includes bibliographical references - Frederick Douglass lived so long, and played so conspicuous a part on the world's stage, that it would be impossible, in a work of the size of this, to do more than touch upon the salient features of his career, to suggest the respects in which he influenced the course of events in his lifetime, and to epitomize for the readers of another generation the judgment of his contemporaries as to his genius and his character. Douglass's fame as an orator has long been secure. His position as the champion of an oppressed race, and at the same time an example of its possibilities, was, in his own generation, as picturesque as it was unique; and his life may serve for all time as an incentive to aspiring souls who would fight the battles and win the love of mankind. The average American of to-day who sees, when his attention is called to it, and deplores, if he be a thoughtful and just man, the deep undertow of race prejudice that retards the progress of the colored people of our own generation, cannot, except by reading the painful records of the past, conceive of the mental and spiritual darkness to which slavery, as the inexorable condition of its existence, condemned its victims and, in a less measure, their oppressors, or of the blank wall of proscription and scorn by which free people of color were shut up in a moral and social Ghetto, the gates of which have yet not been entirely torn down.show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 4.83mm | 172.36g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514615851
  • 9781514615850

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