If I Survive: Frederick Douglass and Family in the Walter O. Evans Collection

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Frederick Douglass is one of the most well known slaves who escaped from slavery and then rose to fame by speaking out against slavery across the country. This massive tome collects many unseen speeches, letters, and autobiographies of Frederick Douglass and his children from the Walter Evans Collection. This is split into many parts, starting off with an essay that explores Frederick Douglass’s life and times. While the rest of the book is manuscripts that have been collected into the collection. Also included are facsimiles of documents that allow you to see the original writing and how they wrote back then.

In history, the study of slavery and the pre-Civil War era is a well trodden path. But this book will help break new ground with the amount of primary sources we get, all in one volume. This book alone should occupy scholars for decades. We get a voice from the past, talking about an injustice that has stained a nation, in his own words–a feat because it is rare for the amount of documents to survive this long. The Walter Evans Collection has done an excellent job of bringing these documents to light for all to see.


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Author Celeste-Marie Bernier • Andrew Taylor
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 860 pages
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date 2018-Sep-01
ISBN 9781474429283
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Issue October 2018
Category Biographies & Memoirs
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