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Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave (original 1845; edition 2003)

by Frederick Douglass, Robert G. O'Meally

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Title:Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave
Authors:Frederick Douglass
Other authors:Robert G. O'Meally
Info:New York : Barnes & Noble Classics, c2003.
Collections:Home Library, Your library
Tags:American Literature

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass (1845)

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Interesting story. I only wish there were more details, and that the story went on longer. I especially appreciated Douglass's thoughts on how he changed as a slave, and on how slavery changed individual slaveholders, their society and their religion. ( )
  breic | Jul 20, 2019 |
A fine book. ( )
  DanielSTJ | Dec 17, 2018 |
First-hand account of African American orator Frederick Douglass' early years as an enslaved person. Essential reading for anyone interested in the history of slavery in America. ( )
  mjspear | Nov 30, 2018 |
This is a must read for everyone. While I have read a lot of the abonimation of slavery, the cruelty, deception, dehumanization practiced by slave-holders, it is an entirely different experience hearing from someone who actually suffered it first-hand. The horrors of constant whipping, hunger, emotional abuse, beating into submission, constant betrayals, keeping slaves uneducated, "in their place" are recounted by Frederick Douglass in vivid detail. He was an extraordinary man, gifted with strength of both mind and body, whose brief encounter with learning the alphabet led him to seek the knowledge of reading and writing, both forbidden to slaves. As he learned and read more, he realized why - because once he learned that there are better ways, there is freedom, that man in the world think slavery is evil - he would never stop thinking about getting his freedom. He thankfully did, and penned this soul-shaking indictment of the institution of slavery. It is unfathomable that this tragedy has happened, that humanity allowed it to happen.

Read it. It is short, powerful and well written. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
Great book to read next time you feel like bellyaching. ( )
  Stubb | Aug 28, 2018 |
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Frederick Douglassprimary authorall editionscalculated
Blight, David W.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gomes, Peter J.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
O'Meally, Robert G.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The impassioned abolitionist and eloquent orator provides graphic descriptions of his childhood and horrifying experiences as a slave as well as a harrowing record of his dramatic escape to the North and eventual freedom. Published in 1845 to quell doubts about his origins, the Narrative is admired today for its extraordinary passion, sensitive descriptions, and storytelling power. A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

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In the most seminal slave narrative ever written, Frederick Douglass writes, "From my earliest recollection, I date the entertainment of a deep conviction that slavery would not always be able to hold me within its foul embrace and in the darkest hours of my career in slavery, this living word of faith and spirit of hope departed not from me, but remained like ministering angels to cheer me through the gloom." Reading this narrative is to witness the birth of new literary presence, one that counts W. E. B. Du Bois, Ralph Ellison, Angela Davis, and Toni Morrison among its progeny.

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