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Book Title: Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship|
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The author of the book: Russell Freedman
Edition: Clarion Books
Date of issue: June 19th 2012
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Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas were born poor. Both were self-educated, and both rose to prominence - one as a president of the United States, the other as the foremost black abolitionist spokeman - by their own efforts.
Douglas himself had been a slaveand worked tirelessly for freedom and justice for his people. Though Lincoln considered slavery morally wrong, he had to place the health of the nation ahead of his personal convictions. And so, while Douglas hailed the onset of the war between North and South as the beginning of the end of slavery, Lincoln saw the war as a threat to the survival of the United States, to be managed decisively but with great care.
Despite their differences, and the fact that they met face-to-face only three times, Lincoln and Douglas forged a friendship based on mutual respect and understanding. Their exchange of ideas profoundly influenced the course of the Civil War and left its mark on race relations in America forever.
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Read information about the authorRussell A. Freedman was an American biographer and the author of nearly 50 books for young people. He may be known best for winning the 1988 Newbery Medal with his work Lincoln: A Photobiography.
He grew up in San Francisco and attended the University of California, Berkeley, and then worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press and as a publicity writer. His nonfiction books ranged in subject from the lives and behaviors of animals to people in history. Freeedman's work has earned him several awards, including a Newbery Honor each for Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery in 1994 and The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane in 1992, and a Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal.
Freedman traveled extensively throughout the world to gather information and inspiration for his books. His book, Confucius: The Golden Rule was inspired by his extensive travels through Mainland China, where he visited Confucius' hometown in modern day QuFu, in the Shantung Province.