Frederick Douglass was a visionary — a prophet who could see a better future. His talents were nothing short of extraordinary and he put his exceptional gifts to use in the service of freedom, driving American slavery into the grave. Douglass is so much more than another great man on a pedestal. Explore this man’s life, family, and career, and consider his impact upon our modern struggle to advance the cause of black freedom in the US.

Richard Bell is a professor of history at the University of Maryland. He is the author of the new book Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home. He is the recipient of more than a dozen teaching awards and the National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Award. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.