If I Survive: Frederick Douglass and Family in the Walter O. Evans Collection

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Marking the 200th anniversary of Frederick Douglass' birth, this first collective history and comprehensive collection of the Douglass family writings and portraits sheds new light not only on Douglass as a freedom-fighter and family man but on the lives and works of Lewis Henry, Frederick Jr., and Charles Remond. As civil rights protesters, essayists, autobiographers, and orators in their own right, they each played a vital role in the 'struggles for the cause of liberty' of their father. As published here, each of their original writings and portraits is accompanied by an explanatory essay and in-depth scholarly annotations as well as a detailed bibliography. Recognising that the Frederick Douglass that is needed in a twenty-first century Black Lives Matter era is no infallible icon but a mortal individual, If I Survive situates the lives and works of Douglass and his family within the social, political, historical and cultural contexts in which they lived and worked. Each unafraid to die for the cause, they dedicated their lives to the 'emancipation of the slave' and to social justice by every means necessary. The Foreword is written by Robert S. Levine and the Afterword is authored by Kim F. Hall.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages860
ISBN (Electronic)9781474439749, 9781474439732
ISBN (Print)9781474429283, 9781474439725
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018


  • literary studies
  • literary theory
  • slavery
  • American literature
  • Civil War
  • Charles Remond Douglass
  • Frederick Douglass


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