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Chaffin, Tom

Giant's Causeway

Frederick Douglass's Irish Odyssey and the Making of an American Visionary Tom Chaffin

In 1845, seven years after fleeing bondage in Maryland, Frederick Douglass was in his late twenties and already a celebrated lecturer across the northern United States. The recent publication of his groundbreaking Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave had incited threats to... More

Fatal Glory

Narciso Lopez and the First Clandestine U.S. War against Cuba Tom Chaffin

Until now, the story of Narciso Lopez's daring invasions of Cuba has remained one of the great lost sagas of American history. Wildly famous during the mid-nineteenth century as the leader of a filibuster, a clandestine army, Lopez led the first armed challenge to Spain's long domination over Cuba... More