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Love across color lines : Ottilie Assing and Frederick Douglass

Author: Maria Diedrich
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"In 1856 Ottilie Assing, an intrepid journalist who had left Germany after the failed revolution of 1848, traveled to Rochester, New York, to interview Frederick Douglass for a German newspaper. This encounter transformed the lives of both: they became intimate friends, they stayed together for twenty-eight years, and she translated his autobiography into German. Diedrich reveals in fascinating detail their shared  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Frederick Douglass; Ottilie Assing; Ottilie Assing; Frederick Douglass; Ottilia Assing; Frederick Douglass; Frederick Douglass; Ottilia Assing; Frederick Douglass; Ottilia Assing
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maria Diedrich
ISBN: 0809016133 9780809016136
OCLC Number: 39229703
Description: xxix, 480 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: A mount calvary of joy: Ottilie Assings' childhood an youth --
If only I were a bird: vagrant years --
Pilgrim-fool: American beginnings --
Irresistible attractiveness and distinction: appropriating Frederick Douglass --
The I and the other: Ottilie Assing and the Douglasses --
Of Emerald Islands and Magic Gardens: the Antebellum years --
The iron arm of the black man: the Civil War years --
A delightful time, admirably spent: the Reconstruction years --
La donna è mobile? Years of suspense --
Hagar's shadow: separation and suicide --
Concluding remarks: aequanimitas --
Notes --
Bibliography --Illustration credits --
Index.
Responsibility: Maria Diedrich.

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"In 1856 Ottilie Assing, an intrepid journalist who had left Germany after the failed revolution of 1848, traveled to Rochester, New York, to interview Frederick Douglass for a German newspaper. This encounter transformed the lives of both: they became intimate friends, they stayed together for twenty-eight years, and she translated his autobiography into German. Diedrich reveals in fascinating detail their shared intellectual and cultural interests and how they worked together on his abolitionist writings." "As is clear from letters and diaries, Douglass was enchanted with his vivacious companion but believed that any liaison with a white woman would be fatal to his political mission. Assing was keenly aware of his dilemma but certain he would marry her once his mission was fulfilled. She was bitterly disappointed: after his wife's death, Douglass did remarry - but he married another woman. Assing committed suicide, leaving her estate to Douglass."--Jacket.

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