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

by Frederick Douglass

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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 |
This book is about Frederick Douglass and how his life was when we was raised into the man he was once before. It explained that he was beaten and witnessed his aunt and others being beaten as well by his master, Sophia Auld. Sophia Auld was a sweet and nice lady, but once she found out the neighborhood white kids were teaching Douglass how to write, she turned into a mean lady. She would make him work more then usual. At once he tried to write himself orders that he could become a free man one his current master dies. but he refuses to move back to Baltimore so not his new master is is old masters brother, Thomas Auld. For six months he was sent to Mr. Covey, because he was a rule breaker. And there they had gotten into a physical fight were Douglass won and became a free man in New York. There he married Anna.
This book was interesting. I really liked how they drew out the picture or what it was like being a slave. But I didn't like how confusing it was with all of the masters he had. I liked the information,it was also understandable for the most part. I think that this book was good, but i'm really into more action packed books.
  isabellad.b2 | Jun 1, 2018 |
This is one of those books I should have read years ago as a history teacher. I have read excerpts of this and many other slave narratives like it, but I enjoyed this read. Having a good background in the history of the time period, there is nothing new here for me and his story mirrors those of many others. The obvious exception to that would be how he spent his life after he gained his freedom, but this story does not cover that time period.

I imagine that this book had a great impact at the time it was published. Douglas was such a large presence in American politics and abolitionist circles. This book is a great introduction to his story and I would recommend it to any students of history. ( )
  msaucier818 | Apr 9, 2018 |
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Frederick Douglassprimary authorall editionscalculated
Blight, David W.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gomes, Peter J.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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Former slave, impassioned abolitionist, brilliant writer, newspaper editor and eloquent orator whose speeches fired the abolitionist cause, Frederick Douglass (1818?1895) led an astounding life. Physical abuse, deprivation and tragedy plagued his early years, yet through sheer force of character he was able to overcome these obstacles to become a leading spokesman for his people. In this, the first and most frequently read of his three autobiographies, Douglass 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.… (more)

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Yale University Press

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