Join us for a chance to see history from a new angle. David Blight received the Pulitzer Prize for his riveting biography Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom. This will be the first of a two-part study group on the leading abolitionist of his day. As historian James McPherson stated, "This much-anticipated biography of the foremost black leader and one of the greatest Americans of the nineteenth century fully lives up to and even exceeds high expectations. It is a work not only of stunning scholarship but also of literary artistry. David Blight's—and Frederick Douglass's —achievements have immeasurably enriched our understanding of slavery, abolitionism, the Civil War and Reconstruction.” Douglass was not a man of privilege. He was born a slave and made his way to freedom and greatness against exceptional odds. Black agency was a topic missing from many of the textbooks of our day so this will be new and somewhat groundbreaking for many of us. We look forward to your enthusiastic participation as a discussion leader for one of the weekly sessions. This study group is 12 weeks, starting 09/10/19.