Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

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Penguin, Jan 1, 1982 - Biography & Autobiography - 159 pages
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In 1845, just seven years after his escape from slavery, the young Frederick Douglass published this powerful account of his life in bondage and his triumph over oppression. The book, which marked the beginning of Douglassís career as an impassioned writer, journalist, and orator for the abolitionist cause, reveals the terrors he faced as a slave, the brutalities of his owners and overseers, and his harrowing escape to the North. It has become a classic of American autobiography.

This edition of the book, based on the authoritative text that appears in Yale University Pressís multivolume edition of the Frederick Douglass Papers, is the only edition of Douglassís Narrative designated as an Approved Text by the Modern Language Associationís Committee on Scholarly Editions. It includes a chronology of Douglassís life, a thorough introduction by the eminent Douglass scholar John Blassingame, historical notes, and reader responses to the first edition of 1845.

ďNone so dramatically as Douglass integrated both the horror and the great quest of the African-American experience into the deep stream of American autobiography. He advanced and extended that tradition and is rightfully designated one of its greatest practitioners.ĒóJohn W. Blassingame, from the introduction


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

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EXCELLENT! ďFor of all slaveholders with whom I have ever met, religious slaveholders are the worst. I have ever found them the meanest and basest, the most cruel and cowardly, of all others ... Read full review

Review: The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave (The Autobiographies #1)

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What struck me most was Douglass's indictment of American Christianity in the appendix. After reading the narrative, I couldn't help but agree with him. It also made me wonder what things we so ... Read full review

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About the author (1982)

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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