by Suzanne Slade, Illustrated by Nicole Tadgell
Their friendship changed a nation.
No one thought Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass would ever become friends. The former slave and the outspoken woman came from two different worlds. But they shared deep-seated beliefs in equality and the need to fight for it. Despite naysayers, hecklers, arsonists, and even their own disagreements, Susan and Frederick remained fast friends and worked together to change America.
This little-known story introduces young readers to two momentous personalities in American history and to their fiery passion for human rights and equality.
Offering a new perspective, this informational picture book details the deep friendship between Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Even though their friendship was taboo for the time period, they were able to withstand prejudice and even violence, including the brawls and fights that broke out when the two spoke against slavery together, and being pelted with rotten eggs. The illustrations are simple and realistic, focusing on the strength of their rapport. The author eloquently weaves together information about the fight against slavery and the battle for women's rights, setting this title apart from others. An extensive author's note provides more information on research and on the bronze sculpture of Anthony and Douglass in Rochester, New York. A solid addition that will spark conversations about gender and racial equality.
- School Library Journal
About the Author:
Suzanne Slade is a former engineer and the author of more than ninety books for children, including Climbing Lincoln's Steps, The House That George Built, Susan B. Anthony: Fighter for Freedom and Equality, and Frederick Douglass: Writer, Speaker, and Opponent of Slavery. She lives near Chicago.