Renowned activist and orator Frederick Douglass delivered his "Composite Nation" speech throughout the country from 1869-1875, sharing his ardent vision of a future America that would draw strength from diversity. To commemorate New-York Historical Society's ongoing exhibition, Our Composite Nation: Frederick Douglass’ America, Douglass's speech has been reprinted in this petite book, with an illuminating introduction by David W. Blight.
David W. Blight is the author or editor of over a dozen books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom and annotated editions of Douglass's first two autobiographies. At Yale University, Blight is Sterling Professor of History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition.
- 48 pages
- 5 x 0.12 x 7 inches
- by Frederick Douglass, Introduction by David W. Blight