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Young Frederick Douglass: The Maryland Years (Maryland Paperback Bookshelf) Paperback – March 1, 1985


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  • Series: Maryland Paperback Bookshelf
  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (March 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801827396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801827396
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Provides an enormous amount of new information and thorough documentation.

(New York Times Book Review)

Biography at its best, bolstered by impressive bits of historical detective work.

(American Historical Review)

Describing from local documents the setting and society in which the runaway rebel grew up on Maryland's Eastern Shore and in Baltimore, Preston presents Douglass's family roots and the persons around him from his birth in 1818 until his escape in 1838. Throughout he shows what lay behind the spectacular rise of the slave boy into a free and world-famous man.

(Library Journal)

A model of historiographic detective work, this engaging study reveals some things about Douglass's background that he did not know himself.

(George M. Fredrickson New York Review of Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Haspel on June 9, 2010
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A very fine biographical work, focusing on Frederick Douglass's childhood and young adulthood on Maryland's Eastern Shore and in the Fell's Point area of Baltimore. The author, a veteran Eastern Shore journalist, provides a well-written account of Mr. Douglass's birth, his upbringing in slaveholding antebellum Maryland, his successful escape north from Baltimore, and his triumphant post-Civil War return to Baltimore and to the Eastern Shore. Additionally, this book provides an incisive examination of the ultra-conservative and class-ridden qualities of Eastern Shore society, both in Mr. Douglass's time and now. In a fascinating afterword, Preston notes how, while Mr. Douglass is far and away the most famous person ever to come out of Talbot County, Maryland, Talbot County has been slow to embrace his legacy. Plans are now in place to put a memorial to Mr. Douglass in front of the Talbot County courthouse in Easton, Maryland, but in contrast to Baltimore (where the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park is a prominent feature of the Fell's Point waterfront), Talbot County has not yet done anything official to honor the county's most illustrious resident. It would be a fine postscript to Preston's excellent biography for Talbot County to do the right thing and officially honor Frederick Douglass.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By frederick d. parker on January 8, 2014
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The book was REALLY used. There were underlInings on every page and comments in all the margins. The book was also falling apart. It was not worth what I paid for it.
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