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Frederick Douglass: Prophet Of Freedom

By Simon & Schuster

As a young man, Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) escaped from slavery in Baltimore, Maryland. He was fortunate to have been taught to read by his slave owner mistress, and he would go on to become one of the major literary figures of his time.

In this remarkable biography, David Blight has drawn on new information held in a private collection that few other historians have consulted, as well as recently discovered issues of Douglass's newspapers. Blight tells the fascinating story of Douglass's two marriages and his complex extended family. Douglass was not only an astonishing man of words, but a thinker steeped in Biblical story and theology. There has not been a major biography of Douglass in a quarter century. David Blight's Frederick Douglass affords this important American the distinguished biography he deserves.

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Posted on October 22, 2018

History Club

A People's History Of Thanksgiving

Where Is The Gold?
With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.
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Posted on November 28, 2013
Chicago Blog Review

Chicago Blog Review: Fruit Slinger

A welcome blast of summer-friendly food porn on a daily basis.
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Posted on August 6, 2009

Frederick Douglass: Prophet Of Freedom

By Simon & Schuster
There has not been a major biography of Douglass in a quarter century.

Posted on October 22, 2018

Storytelling | Dia De Los Muertos

By Story Club South Side
We will be creating an altar de ofrenda at the show, and our audience is invited to participate by bringing a photo or memento of someone who has passed on. We'll have art supplies on hand, as well, for those who'd like to make a tribute on the spot.

Posted on October 18, 2018

Chicago Book Haul: The Dial

By Jaclyn/Six Minutes For Me
"The Dial's final and best known incarnation (1920-1929) was as a modernist literary magazine which published many influential writers, including T.S. Eliot, William Butler Yeats, William Carlos Williams and E.E. Cummings."

Posted on October 15, 2018

Conway Barbour And The Challenges Of The Black Middle Class In 19th-Century America

By SIU Press
Despite an unconventional life, Barbour found in each place he lived that he was one of many free black people who fought to better themselves alongside their white countrymen.

Posted on October 12, 2018

Political Books Red Hot

By Barnes & Noble
Bob Woodward's Fear was the fastest-selling title for the company in over three years, with our stores selling more than a book every second on the first day.

Posted on October 11, 2018

How To Save A Constitutional Democracy With A Tainted Judiciary

By Aziz Huq and Tom Ginsburg/Take Care
Simply put, his fate is now hitched to the electoral fortunes of the Republican Party. His freedom from a substantial risk of impeachment now rests on the preservation of Republican control of key national institutions.

Posted on October 9, 2018

How Torture Tears Apart Societies From Within

By Lotte Buch Segal/The Conversation
A profound tear in the fabric that makes us human.

Posted on October 4, 2018

Interrupted Odyssey: Ulysses S. Grant And The American Indians

By SIU Press
"A bold reappraisal of Grant's goal to save American Indians."

Posted on September 28, 2018

Writers Under Surveillance

By Muckrock
Their FBI files revealed.

Posted on September 18, 2018

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Book Censored In Illinois Prisons

By The Uptown People's Law Center
Lawsuit alleges violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

Posted on September 13, 2018

Hothouse Earth Co-Author: 'People Will Look Back On 2018 As The Year When Climate Reality Hit'

By Jessica Corbett/Common Dreams
Though the warnings are chilling, there is still time for humanity to act.

Posted on September 11, 2018

MUSIC - Holiday Hullabaloo.
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BOOKS - Frederick Douglass: Prophet Of Freedom.

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