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Frederick Douglass, Young Defender of Human Rights

Abner Doubleday, Boy Baseball Pioneer
Written by Elisabeth P. Myers
Illustrated by Cathy Morrison
Pub. Date: 2/2007
ISBN 978-1882859573 (hc) -580 (pb)

Reading Level: Lexile:  820L  Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level: 3.5

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“Thomas Jefferson said that all men have the right to ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,’” Fred explained.  “We have life but not liberty.  And we cannot seek happiness because we’re not free.”

So this was writing!  […] Now he wanted to learn to read.  “I’ll teach myself,” [Fred] decided.  “Any educated person has to know how.”

The sight of the boat sailing away pleased Fred […].  What did it feel like to sail away like that, free as a bird?  Would he ever know?

--from Frederick Douglass, Young Defender of Human Rights

In Volume 13 of the YOUNG PATRIOTS SERIES of children’s fictional biographies, meet Frederick Douglass as a boy whose determination and enthusiasm for learning led him to become the famous abolitionist whose work with the Underground Railroad and dedication to civil rights is still honored today.

Fred’s childhood is a combination of hardship and luck, from his grandmother’s quiet cabin, where he first learns affection, to the small closet into which he is sent hungry and scared, to the Aulds’ home in Baltimore, where he first learns to read.  Young readers will join Fred on his journey from slavery to freedom, from ignorance to education, from helplessness to ability. 

The adult Frederick Douglass wrote one of the most important autobiographies in 19th century America, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.  He spoke out against slavery, for civil rights, and worked tirelessly in the Underground Railroad. In Fred, children find a hero who beats incredible odds and a role model to whom they can look for inspiration. 

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”-- Frederick Douglass




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