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Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Freedman, Russell

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ISBN: 0544668278     ISBN-13: 9780544668270
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 2016

Annotation: Recounts Abraham Lincoln's brief friendship with African American leader Frederick Douglass before and during the Civil War, narrated against the backdrop of the race relations and politics of the time.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Presidents; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
African American abolitionists; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Friendship; United States; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Political
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Historical
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Social Activists
Dewey: 973.7092/2
LCCN: bl2016004309
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 10.00" H x 10.00" W x 0.25" (1.10 lbs) 119 pages
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q58326
Reading Level: 10.5   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 7.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall)
Despite meeting only three times, Lincoln and Douglass formed a lasting friendship based on mutual admiration, respect, and trust. Through this friendship--an extremely effective structure--Freedman surveys the tenor of the times regarding slavery, abolition, the Civil War, and emancipation. Included are period illustrations and a generous assortment of the subjects' own words. Notes. Bib., ind.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2012 #3)
"Heads turned when Frederick Douglass walked into the White House on the morning of August 10, 1863." Despite meeting only three times, Lincoln and Douglass formed a lasting friendship based on mutual admiration, respect, and trust. Freedman opens his narrative with Douglass waiting to meet Lincoln for the first time, then flashes back to cover the early lives of first Douglass and then Lincoln (noting several similar circumstances that shaped each man) before resuming with their first and subsequent meetings during the Civil War. It's an extremely effective structure that allows the reader to survey the tenor of the times regarding slavery, abolition, the Civil War, and emancipation -- and to survey it through the unique friendship of two of the greatest figures of the era. True to form, Freedman relies heavily on period illustrations and primary and secondary sources, breathing life into both men through a generous assortment of their own words. Many readers may be familiar with Lincoln (especially if they have already read Freedman's Lincoln: A Photobiography) but perhaps less so with Douglass -- a recent biography for slightly younger readers is David Adler's Frederick Copyright 2012 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 April #5)

Freedman revisits the subject of his Newbery-winning Lincoln: A Photobiography (1987), but this time the 16th president shares billing with his friend and ally, abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The story opens with Douglass anxiously waiting to meet Lincoln for the first time to air grievances about the treatment of African-American soldiers during the Civil War. "At forty-five... he was a commanding figure, taller than most men, with a powerful athlete's build, graying hair, penetrating brown eyes and a carefully trimmed beard." Subsequent chapters detail the leaders' often parallel biographies. Both were self-made and shared a passion for reading, rising from poverty to prominence. In clear, accessible storytelling, Freedman brings the book back full circle to the pair's first meeting. Reprints of b&w photographs, engravings, political cartoons, and posters appear throughout (the most graphic of which depicts the hanging of a captured African-American soldier). Appendices, source notes, and a bibliography conclude what is not only the story of two powerful men who shaped the course of the United States, but also a brief history of the war that raged while they forged a fast but deep friendship. Ages 9–12. (June) ¦

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 May)

Gr 5–10—Freedman tells the story of a friendship between two men who shared many characteristics. Lincoln and Douglass were both self-educated, born into poverty, and, through relentless effort and hard work, reached great success. Both men fought for freedom and equality for all Americans, both black and white, as promised in the Declaration of Independence. Divided into 10 chapters, the book offers biographical details for each man, an overview of the Civil War, Lincoln's changing attitude toward African Americans, Douglass's endeavors to create black regiments within the Union army, and descriptions of the men's face-to-face meetings. Captioned black-and-white photographs and reproductions are found on almost every page. An appendix, a selected bibliography, notes, and a list of historic sites complete the volume. Douglass's quotes are largely taken from his three autobiographies, and the Lincoln quotes, while taken from secondary sources, are from definitive and modern standard sources. A first-rate volume for classroom study and general reading.—Patricia Ann Owens, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges

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