Frederick Douglass

America's Prophet

By D. H. Dilbeck

208 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 7 halftones, notes, bibl., index

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3618-4
    Published: February 2018
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3619-1
    Published: February 2018

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From his enslavement to freedom, Frederick Douglass was one of America's most extraordinary champions of liberty and equality. Throughout his long life, Douglass was also a man of profound religious conviction. In this concise and original biography, D. H. Dilbeck offers a provocative interpretation of Douglass's life through the lens of his faith. In an era when the role of religion in public life is as contentious as ever, Dilbeck provides essential new perspective on Douglass's place in American history.

Douglass came to faith as a teenager among African American Methodists in Baltimore. For the rest of his life, he adhered to a distinctly prophetic Christianity. Imitating the ancient Hebrew prophets and Jesus Christ, Douglass boldly condemned evil and oppression, especially when committed by the powerful. Dilbeck shows how Douglass's prophetic Christianity provided purpose and unity to his wide-ranging work as an author, editor, orator, and reformer. As "America's Prophet," Douglass exposed his nation’s moral failures and hypocrisies in the hopes of creating a more just society. He admonished his fellow Americans to truly abide by the political and religious ideals they professed to hold most dear. Two hundred years after his birth, Douglass's prophetic voice remains as timely as ever.

About the Author

D. H. Dilbeck is a historian living in New Haven, Connecticut, and author of A More Civil War.
For more information about D. H. Dilbeck, visit the Author Page.

Reviews

“A superb account of one man’s 50-year fight for human rights and freedom in America. Recommended for those interested in the U.S. Middle Period, Civil War, African American history, and all readers.”--Library Journal, starred review

"A satisfying and thorough exploration of Douglass's prophetic Christianity."--Paul Harvey, author of Freedom’s Coming

"An original and often moving account of a complex but endlessly interesting figure, a giant in his time who still speaks to Americans today. Dilbeck has treated Douglass's religious faith and prophetic character more carefully than any previous scholar."--George C. Rable, author of God’s Almost Chosen Peoples