Books: The Black Abolitionist

NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS, AN AMERICAN SLAVE (124 pp.) — Frederick Douglass—Dolphin (95¢)

Though he was the greatest American Negro of the last century, Frederick Douglass was all but forgotten after his death in 1895. The nation was weary of the Negro problem, and Douglass, a Negro militant well in advance of the N.A.A.C.P. and CORE, did not suit the national temper. His reputation was eclipsed by the more accommodating Booker T. Washington, who supported segregation. U.S. historians have heaped praise on Washington while ignoring Douglass and, in one case, misspelling...

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