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This post is part of my blog series that announces the publication of selected new books in African American History and African Diaspora Studies.
Professor Fought earned her Ph. In his extensive writings, Frederick Douglass revealed little about his private life. His famous autobiographies present him overcoming unimaginable trials to gain his freedom and establish his identity—all in service to his public role as an abolitionist.
But in both the public and domestic spheres, Douglass relied on a complicated array of relationships with women: white and black, slave-mistresses and family, political collaborators and intellectual companions, wives and daughters. The great man needed them throughout a turbulent life that was never so linear and self-made as he often wished to portray it.
In Women in the World of Frederick DouglassLeigh Fought illuminates the life of the famed abolitionist off the public stage. She begins with the women he knew during his life as a slave: his mother, from whom he was separated; his grandmother, who raised him; his slave mistresses, including the one who taught him how to read; and his first wife, Black girls Frederick Murray, a free woman who helped him escape to freedom and managed the household that allowed him to build his career. Late in life, Douglass remarried to a white woman, Helen Pitts, who preserved his papers, home, and legacy for history.
In this well-researched and richly textured book, Leigh Fought gives us a fascinating new view into the life and times of one our most famous and revered figures: Frederick Douglass. As he freely acknowledged, women helped make Douglass the man he became. So we, too, are in debt to the women whose stories come so vividly alive in these s.
Ibram X. Kendi: What are the principle findings or arguments of the book? What do you hope readers take away from reading it?
Leigh Fought: Frederick Douglass would not have become one of the greatest black activists of the nineteenth century without the work of women. When I started this project, I was simply interested in finding more about all of these women who seemed as fascinated by Douglass as I was, except that they actually knew him. I also thought that the project would be synthetic.
As it turned out, others had expressed little curiosity about most of the women themselves, with the exception of those women who merited their own biographies. That feminine space, like most feminine spaces, was where the real action took place. If you want to know about a life, Black girls Frederick is the place you have to investigate.
In Women in the World of Frederick Douglassreaders will meet a host of fascinating, resourceful women, some of whom might otherwise remain footnotes. The abuse suffered by slave women and the capitulation of white women to the institution of slavery shaped his childhood, laying the foundation for the man he became. In his adulthood, each woman at some point formed a partnership with Douglass to advance a cause against racism that extended beyond abolition and the end of slavery. His relationships with all of these women exposed the variety of ways that gender and race were employed as tools of oppression.
At the same time, he and they mobilized their resistance along those very same lines. Follow him on Twitter DrIbram. Dear Mr. Kendi, thanks for the fascinating interview! Fought did me the honor of allowing me to interview her in association with my own series on Frederick Douglass.
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