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"Persuasively and passionately makes the case that the borough (and former city) became a powerful forum for Douglass's abolitionist agenda." -- The New York Times

This volume compiles original source material that illustrates the complex relationship between Frederick Douglass, who escaped bondage, wrote a bestselling autobiography, and advised a US president, and the city of Brooklyn. Most prominent are the speeches the abolitionist gave at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Plymouth Church, and other leading Brooklyn institutions. Whether discussing the politics of the Civil War or recounting his relationships with Abraham Lincoln and John Brown, Douglass's towering voice sounds anything but dated. An introductory essay examines the intricate ties between Douglass and Brooklyn abolitionists, while brief chapter introductions and annotations fill in the historical context.

"Insight into the remarkable life of a remarkable man... shows how the great author and agitator associated with radicals -- and he associated with the president of the United States. A fine book." -- Errol Louis, host of NY1's Road to City Hall

"A collection of rousing 19th-century speeches on freedom and humanity... Proof that Douglass' speeches, responding to the historical exigencies of his time, amply bear rereading today." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Although he never lived in Brooklyn, the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass had many friends and allies who did. Hamm has collected Douglass's searing antislavery speeches (and denunciations of him by the pro-slavery newspaper the Brooklyn Eagle) delivered at Brooklyn locales during the mid-19th century." -- Publishers Weekly

"This timely volume [presents] Douglass' towering voice in a way that sounds anything but dated." -- Philadelphia Tribune

"Though he never lived there, Frederick Douglass and the city of Brooklyn engaged in a profound repartee in the decades leading up to the Civil War, the disagreements between the two parties revealing the backward views of a borough that was much less progressive than it liked to think... Hamm [illuminates] the complexities of a city and a figure at the vanguard of change." -- The Village Voice

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