Illustrated by London Ladd; Disney Jump At The Sun Books, 2015
Frederick Douglass was born into slavery. With enormous determination and courage, he escaped North and became a prominent abolitionist, orator and writer. Frederick’s Journey points the way for everyone: men, women, and children to bear out the true meaning of freedom and democracy.
Brilliantly crafted words, both written and spoken, defined Frederick Douglass’ dedication to the abolition of slavery and achievement of dignity for all peoples. Skillfully weaving together her concise narration with Douglass’ own writings, Rappaport has fashioned an accessible, even riveting biography of the great 19th-century American. Readers will gain an understanding of and empathy for his resolve and drive. Ladd’s powerful and dramatic full-bleed art is richly textured and detailed. Expressive faces, tranquil Maryland scenes, and battlefields fill the pages. The front cover, as in the author’s Martin’s Big Words (2001), which garnered a Caldecott honor for illustrator Bryan Collier, is a striking full-page portrait. At the conclusion, a double-page spread depicts contemporary children gazing at the likeness of Douglass in a museum, helping to make him a real—not just historical—figure. A fittingly inspirational tribute to a most praiseworthy man. (Kirkus Reviews)
Sculptor Gabriel Koren created this powerful sculpture of Frederick Douglass from bronze, cast stone, and wrought iron that now stands on Frederick Douglass Circle 110th Street and Eighth Avenue, New York City.
This is Frederick Douglass’s Cedar Hill home at 1411 W Street SE, Washington, DC, 20020, just 5 miles from the White House today. You can visit, or take a virtual tour from this link.
Visitors to Douglass’ home in Washington D. C. would enjoy a game of checker with him in his East Parlor, the fanciest and most public room in the house.
Frederick Douglass had a rich family life at Cedar Hill. By the 1890s, all four of his adult children lived in Washington, D.C. His grandchildren visited often. Douglass is seen here with his grandson Joseph, who was a renowned violinist.
Click here for more photographs of Douglass and his family from The National Park Service National Historic Site for the District of Columbia.
At the Seneca Falls National Park in New York State are statues of the various women and men who believed that women deserved the vote. Here is Frederick Douglass flanked by Elizabeth Cady Stanton on his right, and an unknown woman, on his left. Lloyd Lillie created this sculpture, “The First Wave.”
If you want to learn more about Frederick Douglass and these women, click here.
Frederick Douglass published a newspaper, The North Star. He also travelled and spoke extensively throughout his lifetime. From the steps of Rochester’s Corinthian Hall, he made a famous speech, “What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?” Click here, and answer this question: How did Frederick Douglass feel about the Fourth of July?
Some of the words in Frederick’s Journey came directly from his autobiography. Follow this link and read Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave.