Frederick Douglass: Young Defender Of Human Rights (Young Patriot Series)


Frederick Douglass was born into slavery on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in 1818. Bright, inquisitive, caring, and hard-working, he believed in equality for all and that slavery was unjust and immoral. Determined to be a free man, he took advantage of every opportunity to develop the skills necessary to be free. He learned to read and write, caulk ships, become an educator, public speaker, and journalist and newspaper editor. He dedicated his life to banishing slavery in the United States. He was one of the most distinguished leaders of the anti-slavery crusade in the nineteenth century.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Like all of the other books in this series, the story, illustrations, writing, editing, and topics are all geared to the 8-12 year old. One cannot find a more wholesome and informative biographical series.

Content Awareness Factors:


Young Reader Reaction

This book was selected for me. I don't like biographies, but this one was short. I did remember some facts about Douglass' life from history class.

Parent Reaction

This is one of thirteen volumes in The Young Patriots Series published by Patria Press, Inc. The goal of each biography is to shed some light on the early life and youth of selected political, scientific, or athletic hero. The information is accurate, the editing is superb, the illustrations are complementary, and the stories resonate with the reader.

Type of Book:
This is a biographical history for independent readers.
Educational Themes:

This book is based on Frederick Douglass’s Autobiographies. The story focuses his early life. It presents a fair, accurate, and graphic picture of life as a slave in early nineteenth century America. Opportunities for discussion, research, role-playing based on this book are unlimited.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 12
Age of child:
Read by a student at Woodside Magnet High School for Arts and Communication (Newport News, VA)
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy! This volume and any of the others that are part of the Young Patriot Series. Hopefully, these volumes are already on the shelves of the school and public library.

Title Frederick Douglass: Young Defender of Human Rights

Young Patriot Series

Author Elizabeth P. Myers
Publisher Patria Press, Inc © 2007
Illustrators Cathy Morrison
ISBN 9781882859573
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.95
Genres Biography, History
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