Chaffin on Douglass

Historian Tom Chaffin has contributed a piece to the New York Times‘ “Disunion” Blog on the Confederate raider, Shenandoah. Readers interested in further writing by Chaffin will want to check out his previous “Disunion” post, on abolitionist Frederick Douglass, which may be read here. They will also be happy to hear that next year we will be publishing Chaffin’s latest book, Giant’s Causeway: Frederick Douglass’s Irish Odyssey and the Making of an American Visionary. The book chronicles Douglass’s historic lecture tour of Ireland, England, and Scotland. This undertaking, which occupied Douglass for nearly two years in the late 1840s, has fascinated historians and was even the basis for Colum McCann’s popular novel TransAtlantic. Chaffin’s study—drawn from archival documents on both sides of the Atlantic—reveals actual events from the tour, as well as the transformative, often startling,  impact of those travels on Douglass’s subsequent life and career. Giant’s Causeway will be published in fall of 2014. Please sign up for our newsletter (in footer below this post) to be notified when this book is released.