Doc McDuke's Books for Kids!

Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas: Story Behind an American Friendship, Russell Freedman

The author does an interesting job of portraying the strong friendship and parallel experiences of two men who shaped U.S. history. One man an American president, the other a prominent black abolitionist--one working to save the Union, the other urging freedom for both Blacks and Whites.

The story begins on August 10, 1863 when Douglass  enters the White House unannounced, hoping to meet the President. Freedman then takes the reader back to the birth of Douglass and through his earlier life. The history of Lincoln is also brought out. Readers are quickly transported through the pivotal actions of the Civil War, Lincoln's re-election and assassination, and the remainder of Douglass' life.
(middle grades)