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The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic…

The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Narrative of a Slave's…

by David F. Walker

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This two-fisted, dramatized biography of Frederick Douglass does a pretty good job of keeping the story flowing. The rough-hewn art really adds atmosphere even if it is lacking in authenticity (a poorly drawn axe and anachronistic cash register and revolving pistol stand out). A good introduction to an important figure in American history. ( )
  villemezbrown | Apr 20, 2019 |
There are so many biographies and tributes to this remarkable man, but the graphic novel format, with well-selected words and mighty pictures, might be the best all-around way to tell his monumental story. Although Douglass wrote three autobiographies, in the interest of readability, liberties are taken in creating dialogue that is imagined rather than making it all direct quotations from his works. The most critical times of his life – the violence of the plantation, learning to read, escaping to freedom, meetings with John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, William Lloyd Garrison, Susan B. Anthony, and, in his later years, pressing on for civil rights after the Civil War was over - are all magnificently depicted here. And his doubts about himself - "I have thought myself lacking the courage of those like Harriet Tubman" - show that even our most revered champions sometimes feel deficient when the tasks seem insurmountable and when change takes forever to come about. This novel is a most valuable resource for both children and adult readers.

Quotes (foreword): "In the minds of many Americans, slavery exists more as an abstract concept than as a harsh reality of dehumanizing, forced labor. Millions of Africans and their descendants had been reduced to nothing but property."

(Douglass) "Slavery has proven itself to be the strongman of our nation. The Confederacy cornerstone is formed by two steadfast ideas: that slavery is a right and that slaveholders are superior to those they enslave." ( )
  froxgirl | Feb 11, 2019 |
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Dedicated to the memory of those who came before me, and endured the dehumanization of slaver. Joe Walker, Amanda Walker, Catherine Brown Walker, Washington Brown, Mary Brown, Catharine Mulatto Brown, Mary Ann Settle, Mary Henry, Shadrick Banks, Thomas Banks, Mary Banks, James Nelson Hancock, Lelia Moore, Laura Vaughters Hancock, William Henry Vaughters, Mary Jane Vaughters, Sam Ven able, Samuel Venable, Katy Venable, Nannie Jackson, Isaac Jackson, and Susan Brown, they were more than property, they were human beings, and they are the past from which I came.
- David F. Walker
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I was born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, in Talbot County, Maryland, on a plantation owned by Colonel Edward Lloyd.
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Recently returned to the cultural spotlight, Frederick Douglass's impact on American history is felt even in today's current events. Comic book writer and filmmaker David F. Walker joins with the art team of Damon Smyth and Marissa Louise to bring the long, exciting, and influential life of Douglass to life in comic book form. Taking you from Douglass's life as a young slave through his forbidden education to his escape and growing prominence as a speaker, abolitionist, and influential cultural figure during the Civil War and beyond, Frederick Douglass presents a complete illustrated portrait of the man who stood up and spoke out for freedom and equality. Along the way, special features provide additional background on the history of slavery in the United States, the development of photography (which would play a key role in the spread of Douglass's image and influence), and the Civil War. Told from Douglass's point of view and based on his own writings, Frederick Douglassprovides an up-close-and-personal look at a history-making American who was larger than life.… (more)

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