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- Le Moyne College
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- Frederick Douglass, antebellum women, abolitionist women, nineteenth century history, slavery, antislavery, women's history
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- About Me
Leigh Fought is the author of Women in the World of Frederick Douglass (Oxford University Press, 2017), a biography of the great African American abolitionist Frederick Douglass through the eyes of the women who made his life and career possible. Women in the World of Frederick Douglass won the 2018 Herbert Lehman Prize for Scholarship in New York History and the Society of Historians of the Early Republic’s 2018 Mary Kelly Prize. Fought is an associate professor of history at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, and served as an associate editor on the first volume of Frederick Douglass’s correspondence at the Frederick Douglass Papers, published by Yale University Press in 2009. Her previous work includes Southern Womanhood and Slavery: A Biography of Louisa McCord (University of Missouri Press, 2003) and Mystic, Connecticut: From Pequot Village to Tourist Town (History Press, 2006).
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Women in the World of Frederick Douglass (Oxford University Press, 2017): https://global.oup.com/academic/product/women-in-the-world-of-frederick-douglass-9780199782376?cc=us&lang=en&
- A readable biographical study of the life of the great abolitionist through his relationships with women, from his grandmother and mother, to his wives, daughter, and female collaborators.
- Fleshes out female figures in Douglass’s life–including his grandmother Betsey, mother Harriet, wives Anna Murray and Helen Pitts–despite there being few records in their own words.
- Highlights Douglass’s complicated relationships with family and a range of female activists, friends, admirers, and adversaries.
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- United States
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- North America
- Expertise by Chronology
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- American Civil War, Children & Youth, Emancipation, Family, Gender, Race, Slavery, Women