Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave

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In 1845, just seven years after his escape from slavery, the young Frederick Douglass published this powerful account of his life in bondage and his triumph over oppression. The book, which marked the beginning of Douglass's career as an impassioned writer, journalist, and orator for the abolitionist cause, reveals the terrors he faced as a slave, the brutalities of his owners and overseers, and his harrowing escape to the North. It has become a classic of American autobiography.

This edition of the book, based on the authoritative text that appears in Yale University Press's multivolume edition of the Frederick Douglass Papers, is the only edition of Douglass's Narrative designated as an Approved Text by the Modern Language Association's Committee on Scholarly Editions. It includes a chronology of Douglass's life, a thorough introduction by the eminent Douglass scholar John Blassingame, historical notes, and reader responses to the first edition of 1845

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760742068
Publisher: Sterling Publishing
Publication date: 03/03/2003
Pages: 127
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Frederick Douglass

Hometown:

Tuckahoe, Maryland

Date of Birth:

1818

Date of Death:

February 20, 1895

Place of Death:

Washington, D.C.

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I have often been utterly astonished, since I came north, to find persons who could speak of the singing, among slaves, as evidence of their contentment and happiness. It is impossible to conceive of a greater mistake. Slaves sing most when they are most unhappy….Crying for joy, and singing for joy, were alike uncommon to me while in the jaws of slavery. The singing of a man cast away upon a desolate island might be as appropriately considered as evidence of contentment and happiness, as the singing of a slave; the songs of the one and of the other are prompted by the same emotion. -- from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Table of Contents

Preface; Preface to the American edition; Letter from Wendell Phillips, Esq.; Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass; Postscript; To the friends of the slave; Critical notices.

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very smart ,brave slave. Very informative of hardships,luck, wanting to succeed ,and he ,kin,and friends wanting to be treated fairly and equally.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written
AshRyan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"From that moment, I understood the pathway from slavery to freedom...Though conscious of the difficulty of learning without a teacher, I set out with high hope, and a fixed purpose, at whatever cost of trouble, to learn how to read."One of the greatest books ever written. If you have yet to read it, you are depriving yourself of one of life's finest experiences.
clintwrede on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book tells you something you already know--slavery was, and is, evil--and tells you in the politest of ways, and yet still manages to be shocking in Douglass's calm, first-person account of his life as a slave.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*walks in and layd next to you on my side* im sorry im late baby. I have more time tonight so we can talk longer.
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I recommend reading this book. Very informative and truthful. A great narritive, and well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What more can I say?
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Guest More than 1 year ago
From the beginning of the book to the end you can somewhat feel the suffering and the additional weight put on the slaves. Federick Douglass specifies what he goes threough and what he does about it in this book. He basically tells it all. This is one of the greatest books i'vc ever read by far.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This person stole my cover! Please be original. Its really tacky not to create your own content. Thank you!
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