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

by Frederick Douglass

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    HistReader: Both men discuss their treatment and lifestyle under subjection as slaves.
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    jacqueline065: If your enjoyed the poignant narrative of Frederick Douglass, you will be moved by the perserved accounts of slave life in this book.
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One of my favorite historical figures! Loved learning about his life. ( )
  Anisadara36 | Feb 19, 2018 |
This is a must-read. Written shortly after Douglass escaped from slavery, it chronicles his experiences as a slave. Written from both the head and the heart, Douglass' narrative effectively communicates the despair and rage experienced by one whose life is not his own and the longing for simple self-determination. He also provides a deep insight into the dynamics of slavery as it played out in his various masters, the impact on their humanity, the deceit of self and others, and the deep hypocrisy necessitated by the institution of human bondage.

Slavery was not an abstract institution. Conscious human beings were deprived of the most basic human needs, dignity, and ownership of their own selves. To read about the experience by one who grew up in its shackles far exceeds any and all intellectual or philosophical musings on its evil. ( )
2 vote EBT1002 | Feb 18, 2018 |
Required reading for everyone. Douglass offers a riveting account of his life as a slave and eventual freedom. His tale reveals the evil of slavery and its systemic violence against black people. He also exposes the depth of pain faced by his people and the evil of slave holder religion. The man is prophetic! If you are a Christian in America (which still has its share of systemic injustice against black folk), we ought to wrestle with the ways our religion can be complicit in injustice:

between the Christianity of this land, and the Christianity of Christ, I recognize the widest possible difference—so wide, that to receive the one as good, pure, and holy, is of necessity to reject the other as bad, corrupt, and wicked. To be the friend of the one, is of necessity to be the enemy of the other. ( )
  Jamichuk | May 22, 2017 |
Contained in the tiny, 122-page, pocket-sized book in front of me is the NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS: AN AMERICAN SLAVE -WRITTEN BY HIMSELF. I love that part: "Written by himself." Readers will follow a young man through the trials and tribulations of slavery as he teaches himself to read and write, fights for his freedom, and ultimately triumphs over seemingly insurmountable obstacles. This narrative is, in my opinion, a must-read for all students, for all Americans. It is especially relevant to the modern classroom, now as much as ever. As much as I admire and respect TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, to me, this true tale (made all the more special considering Douglass' difficult journey toward literacy) contains valuable lessons and gives an honest firsthand account of slavery. Furthermore, the story is exciting! Readers feel the intense pressure and fear, as when Douglass must choose between taking his chances running away into the wilderness--or return home to certain abuse and torture. Douglass' dauntless spirit and courage wins the day, and his inspiring story should be incorporated into school curricula in any number of ways, as a supplemental or anchor text in a unit on slavery or "narrative" or American history. The afterword, "About the Book," is located at the end of the narrative, in the final pages of the text. It discusses the need for modern students and citizens to understand slavery. I think this is phenomenally done, and touches on all the right issues without being didactic or partisan. It should have been included at the FRONT of the book! In any case, this story is one for the ages, not to be overlooked, and never forgotten. ( )
  andrewzutell | May 10, 2017 |
As a white Canadian, I think I have a not very admirable tendency to abstract the hell out of American slavery--to make it about the revolting idea of people owning other people (which it is) and then somehow less about what that meant: the sheer incomprehensible mass of abuses, from the daily sneer to the atrocities of casual, consequenceless rape and murder. Frederick Douglass is the antidote to that, one of the great testifiers to slavery's evil, and a hell of a man. This one's good to read (as a white North American person) any time you start to get tired of bringing to your relations with race, and with race relations, and with your friends and neighbours of other races all your gathered sincerity and humility and care. ( )
  MeditationesMartini | Jan 10, 2017 |
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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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