Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave & Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Social Science - 464 pages
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This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition combines the two most important African American slave narratives into one volume.

Frederick Douglass's Narrative, first published in 1845, is an enlightening and incendiary text. Born into slavery, Douglass became the preeminent spokesman for his people during his life; his narrative is an unparalleled account of the dehumanizing effects of slavery and Douglass's own triumph over it. Like Douglass, Harriet Jacobs was born into slavery, and in 1861 she published Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, now recognized as the most comprehensive antebellum slave narrative written by a woman. Jacobs's account broke the silence on the exploitation of African American female slaves, and it remains crucial reading. These narratives illuminate and inform each other. This edition includes an incisive Introduction by Kwame Anthony Appiah and extensive annotations.


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Contents

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
133
NOTES
163
New Destination ior the Children
290
Preparations for Escape
304
Incidents in Philadelphia
318
The Old En emy Ag a i n 3 3 3
341
The Confession
354
Frit at Last
369
COMMENTARY
403
READING GROUP GUIDE
433
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Frederick Douglass was born a slave and escaped to freedom in his twenties. "My Bondage and My Freedom" (1855) was written after he had established himself as a newspaper editor. In this book, Douglass expands upon his previous accounts of his years as a slave. With great psychological penetration, he probes the long-term and corrosive effects of slavery and comments upon his active resistance to the segregation he encounters in the North.

Louise Meriwether is author of six books, including the novels "Daddy Was a Number Runner, Fragments of the Ark, " and "Shadow Dancing.

Kwame Anthony Appiah, the president of the PEN American Center, is the author of The Ethics of Identity, Thinking It Through: An Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy, "The Honor Code, " and the prize-winning "Cosmopolitanism".Raised in Ghana and educated in England, he has taught philosophy on three continents and is currently a professor at Princeton University.

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