Cynthia Shannon
Cynthia Shannon asked James McBride:

How much like the real Frederick Douglass is the Frederick Douglass in The Good Lord Bird?

James McBride He was like Douglass only in the sense that Douglass did have a black wife and a white mistress, and they were in the same house for a time. The white mistress died in sad circumstances. I believe she returned to Germany and committed suicide there.

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