In volume 13 of the Young Patriot Series of children’s fictional biographies, meet Frederick Douglass as a boy whose determination and enthusiasm for learning led him to become the famous abolitionist whose work with the Underground Railroad and dedication to civil rights is still honored today.
Fred’s childhood is a combination of hardship and luck, from his grandmother’s quiet cabin, where he first learns affection, to the small closet into which he is sent hungry and scared, to the Aulds’ home in Baltimore, where he first learns to read. Young readers will join Fred on his journey from slavery to freedom, from ignorance to education, from helplessness to ability.
The adult Frederick Douglass wrote one of the most important autobiographies in 19th century America, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. He spoke out against slavery, for civil rights, and worked tirelessly in the Underground Railroad. In Fred, children find a hero who beats incredible odds and a role model to whom they can look for inspiration.
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
Text in this title originally published in the Children of Famous Americans series.