Sunday, May 7, 2017

WSJ Review!!!!

Fergus Bordewich, award-winning author of multiple books such as The First Congress, America's Great Debate, and Bound for Canaan has written a very kind review of Women in the World of Frederick Douglass for this weekend's Wall Street Journal.

Sadly, it is behind a subscriber's firewall, but here is an excerpt:
Born into slavery in Maryland, Douglass (1818-95) escaped to freedom with help from the Underground Railroad and eventually rose to become the most famous African-American of his time: a spellbinding orator, a newspaper editor and eventually a political figure in his own right. He was also, it turns out, one of the age's most passionate male feminists, as Leigh Fought shows in "Women in the World of Frederick Douglass," a fresh and surprising account of Douglass's life.
Douglass saw the emancipation of slaves and the empowerment of women as two fronts in the same war for fundamental human justice. His support for feminist goals was more than political pragmatism, argues Ms. Fought, a professor of history at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. Throughout his life, Douglass's relationships with women were complex, varied and often remarkably intense, not to say shocking to many in the mid-19th century.

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