Frederick Douglass in Brooklyn

Frederick Douglass in Brooklyn

Frederick Douglass, Theodore Hamm


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  • Frederick Douglass never lived in Brooklyn, but from the early 1850s onward, his frequent visits to the fast-growing city invariably attracted considerable attention. Brooklyn was home to several leading abolitionists who were key allies of Douglass, a roster led by Henry Ward Beecher, Theodore Tilton, and Rev. James and Elizabeth Gloucester. Yet through the Civil War, pro-Confederacy sentiment also ran strong, as evidenced by the Brooklyn Daily Eagle’s vitriolic attacks on Douglass and his friends.
  • Akashic's position as a centerpiece in the Brooklyn literary world will help position this title.
  • Preface and Afterword to be contributed by a notable scholar and another public figure.
  • Theodore Hamm is a well-respected New York journalist who was a founding editor of The Brooklyn Rail.
  • Theodore Hamm is currently the chair of journalism and media studies at St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn.
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  • Galleys available in March 2016.

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