Friends for Freedom: The Story of Susan B. Anthony & Frederick Douglass

1 CD. 15 min. Recorded Books. 2015. $15.75. ISBN 9781490660004. digital download.
K-Gr 3—Though it was often the object of ridicule and sometimes inspired downright hateful acts, the friendship between activists Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass lasted for over 45 years. Together, the friends worked for equal rights for women and enslaved people of African descent. Anthony and Douglass sometimes disagreed, sometimes publicly, but their friendship endured. The focus on the relationship is used to highlight some of the historical events that brought and kept Anthony and Douglass together during the turbulent 19th century. Lizan Mitchell's rich voice, effectively paced, brings the clearly crafted text to life. She also reads additional information about the subjects, research notes, and a timeline. Two soundtracks are included, one with a chime to indicate page turns.
VERDICT This brief book introduces a piece of American history in a way that is accessible to younger children.

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