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Who Was Fredrick Douglass?

Who Was Fredrick Douglass?

Series: Who Was--?
by April Jones Prince Illustrated by Robert Squier

Born into slavery in Maryland in 1818, Frederick Douglass was determined to gain freedom, and once he realized that knowledge was power, he secretly learned to read and write to give himself an advantage. After escaping to the North in 1838, as a free man he gave powerful speeches about his experience as a slave. He was so impressive that he became a friend of President Abraham Lincoln, as well as one of the most famous abolitionists of the nineteenth century.

Series Information

With straightforward language and illustrations on nearly every page, the Who Was...? series invites kids to explore history by learning about key figures from politics, sports, music, literature, and more. Each book tells the story of a person's life and major accomplishments, and discusses the historic events that shaped his or her world. The books also include timelines, bibliographies, and suggestions for further research.
8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 7
Guided Reading
Number of Pages
Biography and Autobiography, Informational Text

About the Author and Illustrator

April Jones Prince April Jones Prince is a children"s book author and freelance editor. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and young son.
Robert Squier

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