Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
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)User Review - George - Goodreads
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)User Review - Jon - Goodreads
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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