Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship

By Russell Freedman

From the writer of Lincoln: A Photobiography, comes a clear-sighted, conscientiously researched account of 2 unusually parallel lives and the way they intersected at a serious second in U.S. historical past. Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass have been either self-taught, either nice readers and believers within the value of literacy, either males born bad who by way of their very own efforts reached positions of strength and prominence—Lincoln as president of the USA and Douglass because the most famed and influential African American of his time. although their conferences have been few and short, their alternate of principles helped to finish the Civil conflict, reunite the state, and abolish slavery. contains bibliography, resource notes, and index.

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Frederick Douglass round 1847. this is often believed to be the earliest photo taken of him. frequently, Frederick traveled with John Collins, a white lecturer. whereas slavery used to be outlawed within the North, racial discrimination used to be universal. Trains in Massachusetts have been segregated, with black passengers assigned to split automobiles, occasionally the freight automobile. as soon as, while Douglass and Collins have been touring jointly, the conductor ordered Douglass to maneuver to the “colored motor vehicle. ” Douglass refused. The conductor rounded up numerous toughs who wrestled Douglass from his seat and threw him off the educate on the subsequent cease.

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The newshounds famous how sharply the applicants differed in visual appeal in addition to evaluations. Douglas—five ft 4 inches tall, with an incredible around head and a booming voice—came up merely to Lincoln's shoulder. journalists dubbed him “the Little massive. ” Lincoln, quite tall and painfully skinny, towered above his stout opponent at six toes 4. He used to be nicknamed “Long Abe. ” Douglas pressed the difficulty of white supremacy. He warned white crowds that his opponent used to be a “black Republican” who desired to free up the slaves in order that they may well stampede into Illinois to compete with white staff for jobs, to vote, and to marry white humans.

Whilst Douglass was once ushered into Lincoln's workplace, he stumbled on the president “in an alarmed . ” Lincoln was once serious about Northern competition to the struggle and anxious approximately his reelection possibilities. If he was once voted out of workplace, his successor may provide the rebels peace phrases that may repair the Union yet depart slavery in position the place it nonetheless existed. millions of slaves had already received freedom for themselves by means of escaping to Union strains. yet hundreds of thousands extra remained enslaved on farms and plantations in the course of the accomplice South.

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