Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, a Monumental American Man Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-10-01 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

" Excellent overview of the life Frederick Douglass. " said.

" Author excelled at giving detailed descriptions of environment/politics surrounding Frederick throughout the book. However, some spots throughout slowed down dramatically, almost to the point of losing interest. " said.

" I learned so much in this book. I also appreciated how well this complicated man's life was portrayed for this audience. The photographs and information about the time period really added pertinent details. Excellent back matter. " said.

" This book is beautiful- colorful pages, wonderful quotes, interesting pictures. Unfortunately, I felt the text was very disjointed trying to cover an expansive time span. References were made to people and major historical events, but very little in the way of explanations. " said.

" The pictures aided to the very well-researched telling of such a profound man in our Nation's history. My daughter learned quite a bit (9) as she was able to follow with ease the progress of Mr. Douglass's personal growth and gains against the time-period's hardships and war. Wonderful outline and sidenotes for such a wonderful story of courage! " said.

" An exceptional purchase considering all of the photographs and scans of newspapers, as well as other original documents embedded into this biographical journey. Frederick Douglass becomes more than a figure in US history; he becomes real, almost like a friend. After reading this book, I want to follow up with sources cited in order to learn even more about such a great man. " said.

" In her author's note, Bolden states, "It is my hope that 'Facing Frederick' will inspire readers to take a good long look at, and think more deeply about, a multi-faceted, monumental man. A man utterly beyond category." From my view, her hope has been fulfilled. Well researched with source notes and comprehensive index, this book would be an excellent source for young researchers. More than that, it is a very interesting read. " said.

"Readers will come away with a portrait of Frederick Douglass the man instead of Frederick Douglass the escaped slave in this biography which feels like a really personal project for Bolden (especially given the author's note.) She makes excellent use of Douglass' own words, placing him firmly inside the historical context of his life and showcasing his reactions to particular events. If I have any complaint, it's that the organization could be a bit tighter, particularly for kids using this to do research, but that is really a minor thing offset by the intimate portrait painted. " said.

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