Life And Times Of Frederick Douglass

Life And Times Of Frederick Douglass


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Born in slavery on a Maryland plantation around 1817, Frederick Douglass spent the first twenty years of his life in bondage. Taught to read and write by one of his owners, he went on to become a brilliant writer, eloquent orator, and a major participant in the struggle of African-Americans for freedom and equality. In this remarkable firsthand narrative, originally published in 1845, Douglass vividly recounts his early years filled with physical abuse, deprivation, and tragedy; dramatic escapes to the North, recapture, and eventual freedom; work for the Anti-Slavery Society and influential role in speaking for other former slaves; abolitionist campaigns and crusade for civil rights. A powerful autobiography of a passionate integrationist, The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass will be an important addition to the library of anyone interested in African-American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582183664
Publisher: Digital Scanning, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/01/2001
Pages: 628
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.39(d)

About the Author


Tuckahoe, Maryland

Date of Birth:


Date of Death:

February 20, 1895

Place of Death:

Washington, D.C.

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CHAPTER III. TROUBLES OF CHILDHOOD. Col. Lloyd's plantation—Aunt Katy—Her cruelty and ill-nature—Capt. Anthony's partiality to Aunt Katy—Allowance of food—Hunger—Unexpected rescue by his mother—The reproof of Aunt Katy—Sleep—A slave - mother's love—His inheritance—His mother's acquirements—Her death. ONCE established on the home plantation of Col. Lloyd—I was with the children there, left to the tender mercies of Aunt Katy, a slave woman who was to my master, what he was to Col. Lloyd. Disposing of us in classes or sizes, he left to Aunt Katy all the minor details concerning our management. She was a woman who never allowed herself to act greatly within the limits of delegated power, no matter how broad that authority might be. Ambitious of old master's favour, ill-tempered and cruel by nature, she found in her present position an ample field for the exercise of her ill-omened qualities. She had a strong hold upon old master, for she was a first-rate cook, and very industrious. She was therefore greatly favoured by him—and as one mark of his favour she was the only mother who was permitted to retain her children around her, and even to these, her own children, she was often fiendish in her brutality. Cruel, however, as she sometimes was to her own children, she was not destitute of maternal feeling, and in her instinct to satisfy their demands for food, she was often guilty of starving me and the other children. Want of food was my chief trouble during my first summer here. Captain Anthony, instead of allowing a given quantity of food to each slave, committed the allowance for all to Aunt Katy, to be divided byher, after cooking, amongst us. The allowance consisted of coarse corn meal, not very abundant, and which by passing through Aunt Katy's hands, became more slender s...

Table of Contents

Introduction [to the 1892 Edition]3
Part 1
1Author's Birth11
2Removal from Grandmother's13
3Troubles of Childhood16
4A General Survey of the Slave Plantation18
5A Slaveholder's Character25
6A Child's Reasoning28
7Luxuries at the Great House34
8Characteristics of Overseers39
9Change of Location43
10Learning to Read47
11Growing in Knowledge50
12Religious Nature Awakened56
13The Vicissitudes of Slave Life60
14Experience in St. Michaels66
15Covey, the Negro Breaker75
16Another Pressure of the Tyrant's Vise84
17The Last Flogging90
18New Relations and Duties98
19The Runaway Plot105
20Apprenticeship Life122
21Escape from Slavery130
Part 2
1Escape from Slavery137
2Life as a Freeman141
3Introduced to the Abolitionists151
4Recollections of Old Friends154
5One Hundred Conventions159
6Impressions Abroad164
7Triumphs and Trials184
8John Brown and Mrs. Stowe193
9Increasing Demands of the Slave Power209
10The Beginning of the End225
11Secession and War240
12Hope for the Nation253
13Vast Changes270
14Living and Learning290
15Weighed in the Balance296
16"Time Makes All Things Even"320
17Incidents and Events330
18"Honor to Whom Honor"340
Part 3
1Later Life375
2A Grand Occasion379
3Doubts as to Garfield's Course383
4Recorder of Deeds386
5President Cleveland's Administration390
6The Supreme Court Decision395
7Defeat of James G. Blaine405
8European Tour407
9Continuation of European Tour411
10The Campaign of 1888434
11Administration of President Harrison437
12Minister to Haiti439
13Continued Negotiations for the Mole St. Nicolas446
Annotated Bibliography455

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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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