Life and Times of Frederick Douglass

Life and Times of Frederick Douglass


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The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass was Douglass' third autobiography. This book he recounts early years of abuse; his dramatic escape to the North and eventual freedom, abolitionist writing in greater detail about his life. It is the only autobiography in which he discusses his life during and after the Civil War, including encounters with American Presidents Lincoln, Grant, and Garfield.

Frederick Douglass was born in slavery as Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey near Easton in Talbot County, Maryland. He was not sure of the exact year of his birth, but he knew that it was 1817 or 1818. As a young boy he was sent to Baltimore, to be a house servant, where he learned to read and write, with the assistance of his master's wife. In 1838 he escaped from slavery and went to New York City, where he married Anna Murray, a free colored woman whom he had met in Baltimore. Soon thereafter he changed his name to Frederick Douglass.

In 1841 he addressed a convention of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society in Nantucket and so greatly impressed the group that they immediately employed him as an agent. He was such an impressive orator that numerous persons doubted if he had ever been a slave, so he Wrote Narrative of The Life of Frederick Douglass. His other autobiographical works are My Bondage and My Freedom and Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, published in 1855 and 1881 respectively. He died in 1895.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780517093443
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/26/1993
Series: Library of Freedom Ser.
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 5.88(w) x 8.48(h) x 1.55(d)

About the Author

Frederick Douglass, an outspoken abolitionist, was born into slavery in 1818 and, after his escape in 1838, repeatedly risked his own freedom as an antislavery lecturer, writer, and publisher.


Tuckahoe, Maryland

Date of Birth:


Date of Death:

February 20, 1895

Place of Death:

Washington, D.C.

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Auto-biograhical account of the end of slavery, by the courageous black leader who convinced Lincoln of the moral obligation to free the slaves. Without him, we might still be a slave-holding nation! A great American! A great book!
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