From his enslavement to freedom, Frederick Douglass was one of
America's most extraordinary champions of liberty and equality.
Throughout his long life, Douglass was also a man of profound
religious conviction. In this concise and original biography, D. H.
Dilbeck offers a provocative interpretation of Douglass's life
through the lens of his faith. In an era when the role of religion
in public life is as contentious as ever, Dilbeck provides
essential new perspective on Douglass's place in American
Douglass came to faith as a teenager among African American
Methodists in Baltimore. For the rest of his life, he adhered to a
distinctly prophetic Christianity. Imitating the ancient Hebrew
prophets and Jesus Christ, Douglass boldly condemned evil and
oppression, especially when committed by the powerful. Dilbeck
shows how Douglass's prophetic Christianity provided purpose and
unity to his wide-ranging work as an author, editor, orator, and
reformer. As "America's Prophet," Douglass exposed his nation's
moral failures and hypocrisies in the hopes of creating a more just
society. He admonished his fellow Americans to truly abide by the
political and religious ideals they professed to hold most dear.
Two hundred years after his birth, Douglass's prophetic voice
remains as timely as ever.