Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jun 7, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 160 pages
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Born into a life of bondage, Frederick Douglass secretly taught himself to read and write. It was a crime punishable by death, but it resulted in one of the most eloquent indictments of slavery ever recorded. His gripping narrative takes us into the fields, cabins, and manors of pre-Civil War plantations in the South and reveals the daily terrors he suffered as a slave.

Written more than a century and a half ago by an African-American who went on to become a famous orator, U.S. minister to Haiti, and leader of his people, this timeless classic still speaks directly to our age. It is a record of savagery and inhumanity that goes far to explain why America still suffers from the great injustices of the past.

With an Introduction by Peter J. Gomes and an Afterword by Gregory Stephens



  

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Review: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (The Autobiographies #1)

User Review  - Ann - Goodreads

Douglass' poignantly recounts his life as a slave and his coming to freedom. Throughout his Narrative he demonstrates a sensitivity to himself and to those around him including insight into human ... Read full review

Review: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (The Autobiographies #1)

User Review  - Edwin Klemm - Goodreads

If I could rate it any higher then the five stars I would. And to think it was written 16 years before the 1st shots were fired in the Civil War. Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER I
19
CHAPTER II
25
CHAPTER III
32
CHAPTER IV
37
CHAPTER V
42
CHAPTER VI
47
CHAPTER VII
51
CHAPTER VIII
58
CHAPTER IX
64
CHAPTER X
70
CHAPTER XI
106
APPENDIX
122
AFTERWORD
129
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
141
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About the author (2005)

Frederick Douglass, born around1817, was the son of an African-American woman and a white slaveholder. Brilliant and brave, Douglass once led a minor insurrection against his mastersóbut unlike the famous Nat Turner, Douglass escaped his venture alive. While still a young man he fled, hungry and hunted, to the North, where he was befriended by abolitionists. His dramatic autobiography was published in 1845, creating a sensation and spurring Douglassís career as a militant, uncompromising leader of African-Americans. He recruited African-American volunteers for the Civil War and later secured and protected the rights of the freemen. Douglass later became secretary of the Santo Domingo Commission, Recorder of Deeds in the District of Columbia, and United States Minister to Haiti. He died in 1895.

Peter J. Gomes was the minister at Memorial Church at Harvard University from 1974 until his death in 2011. Among his many books are The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart and Strength for the Journey: Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living.

Gregory Stephens is Lecturer of Cultural Studies and Film in the Department of Literature in English, University of West IndiesóMona. He is the author of On Racial Frontiers: The New Culture of Frederick Douglass, Ralph Ellison, and Bob Marley. Previously he was an award-winning songwriter and journalist in Austin and Laredo, Texas, as well as a bilingual public school teacher (Spanish/English). He lives in Kingston, Jamaica.


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