Love Across Color Lines

Ottilie Assing and Frederick Douglass

Maria Diedrich

Hill and Wang

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In this nuanced, sympathetic interpretation of two extraordinary lives, Maria Diedrich acquaints us with an important and little-known relationship. Ottilie Assing, an intrepid German journalist, met and interviewed Frederick Douglass in 1856, and it was an encounter that transformed the lives of both. Diedrich reveals in fascinating detail their intimate twenty-eight-year relationship, their shared intellectual and cultural interests, and their work together on Douglass's abolitionist writings. Love Across Color Lines is a profound meditation on nineteenth-century racial, class, and national boundaries, and offers new insights into the career of a preeminent American leader.

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Praise for Love Across Color Lines

"A full, textured portrait . . . a profoundly absorbing work of social history."-- Jason Berry, Chicago Tribune

"Fascinating, compelling insights into the psychology of race. Diedrich's assessment raises interesting questions about the interplay of public persona and private psychology in Douglass's life." --Henry Wiencek, The Washington Post Book World

"A Full, Textured Portrait . . . A Profoundly Absorbing Work of Social History."--Jason Berry, Chicago Tribune

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Maria Diedrich

Maria Diedrich, born in 1950, is a professor of American studies at the University of Münster, Germany. Since 1984, she has been a Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University.

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Love Across Color Lines
Ottilie Assing and Frederick Douglass
Maria Diedrich

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Hill and Wang
September 2000
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780809066865
ISBN10: 0809066866
512 pages, Includes illustrations, notes, a bibliography, and an index
$31.00
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