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“Engaging and insightful . . . A compelling look at two of the most important figures in American history.” —Publishers Weekly
“An utterly ingenious graphic history of one of the most important stories in American history—the strikingly parallel lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln that eventually converged in friendship. Powerfully illustrated and written, The Hammer and the Anvil highlights for young readers, and anyone interested in graphic stories, the central debates of the Civil War era and of our own time: race, freedom, citizenship, state versus federal government, and the meaning of the American Dream.” —John Stauffer, author of Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln
“A highly original, historically accurate, and utterly irresistible take on the lives and contributions of those two giants, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. This book raises the genre of ‘graphic history’ to a new level. Dwight Jon Zimmerman and Wayne Vansant have produced a page-turner that will engage young readers, and no doubt delight their parents, too.”
—Harold Holzer, Chairman, Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation
“An ingenious telling of the most important story in our nation’s history through the lives of the two greatest Americans of the nineteenth century, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Students, teachers, and general readers—even those who think history is not for them—will find this an exciting, compelling read. A brilliant work!”
—James G. Basker, President of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
“The Hammer and the Anvil makes the extraordinary moment that brought Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln together accessible to young students. It’s an eye-opener.”
—Ira Berlin, author of The Making of African America
Dwight Jon Zimmerman is the coauthor with Bill O’Reilly of The New York Times bestseller Lincoln’s Last Days. He is the author of The Vietnam War: A Graphic History and the co-executive producer of the Discovery Channel’s miniseries First Command. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Wayne Vansant is the illustrator of The ’Nam and The Vietnam War: A Graphic History, among many other works. He lives in Mableton, Georgia.
James M. McPherson is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of History, Emeritus, at Princeton University. He is the author of numerous award-winning books on the Civil War, including Battle Cry of Freedom, which won the Pulitzer Prize.
I knew I’d like reading about Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln together in the same book. But I wasn’t at all sure how I’d react to reading text combined with pictures. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ellen Thornton
I gave The Hammer and the Anvil five stars. I just finished reading this book with a my class. Before reading this I studied Fredericks Douglass's life and The Hammer and the Anvil... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Sean Choudhary
This book informs us on two Americans who fought against slavery and much more. They both self taught themselves and didn't have much support from their fathers but made it along... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Klearsi
I am pleased to award this graphic novel 5 stars.
I just finished reading it with a class of first year college students and it was well received. Read more
A dual biography of Douglass and Lincoln that seems to be pitched more towards the junior high and high school market rather than more mature graphic non-fiction fans. Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by Erik Gilg