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OHA Book Club: Women in the World of Frederick Douglass
September 23, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
This month’s OHA Book Club will feature a discussion with author Leigh Fought, Associate Professor of History at Le Moyne College, about her book, Women in the World of Frederick Douglass. Douglas Egerton, author of, Thunder at the Gates: The Black Civil War Regiments That Redeemed America, will also be discussing and signing his book.
About the book (via Amazon): “In Women in the World of Frederick Douglass, Leigh 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, Anna Murray, a free woman who helped him escape to freedom and managed the household that allowed him to build his career. Fought examines Douglass’s varied relationships with white women-including Maria Weston Chapman, Julia Griffiths, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Ottilie Assing–who were crucial to the success of his newspapers, were active in the antislavery and women’s movements, and promoted his work nationally and internationally. She also considers Douglass’s relationship with his daughter Rosetta, who symbolized her parents’ middle class prominence but was caught navigating between their public and private worlds. Late in life, Douglass remarried to a white woman, Helen Pitts, who preserved his papers, home, and legacy for history.”
About the book (via Amazon) : In Thunder at the Gates, Douglas Egerton chronicles the formation and battlefield triumphs of the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Infantry and the 5th Massachusetts Cavalry-regiments led by whites but composed of black men born free or into slavery. He argues that the most important battles of all were won on the field of public opinion, for in fighting with distinction the regiments realized the long-derided idea of full and equal citizenship for blacks.
Their books are available at the Onondaga Historical Association’s Gift Gallery museum store.