Henry Louis Gates, Jr. presents the only authoritative edition of all three autobiographies by the escaped slave who became a great American leader.
Here in this Library of America volume are collected Frederick Douglass's three autobiographical narratives, now recognized as classics of both American history and American literature. Writing with the eloquence and fierce intelligence that made him a brilliantly effective spokesman for the abolition of slavery and equal rights, Douglass shapes an inspiring vision of self-realization in the face of monumental odds.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845), published seven years after his escape, was written in part as a response to skeptics who refused to believe that so articulate an orator could ever have been a slave. A powerfully compressed account of the cruelty and oppression of the Maryland plantation culture into which Douglass was born, it brought him to the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and drew thousands, black and white, to the cause.
In My Bondage and My Freedom (1855), Douglass expands the account of his slave years. With astonishing psychological penetration, he probes the painful ambiguities and subtly corrosive effects of black-white relations under slavery, and recounts his determined resistance to segregation in the North. The book also incorporates extracts from Douglass's speeches, including the searing "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?"
Life and Times, first published in 1881, records Douglass's efforts to keep alive the struggle for racial equality udirng Reconstruction. John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, William Lloyd Garrison, and Harriet Beecher Stowe all feature prominently in this chronicle of a crucial epoch in American history. The revised edition of 1893, presented here, includes an account of his controversial diplomatic mission to Haiti.
This volume contains a detailed chronology of Douglass's life, notes providing further background on the events and people mentioned, and an account of the textual history of each of the autobiographies.
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NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF FREDERICKDOUGLASS
Conflict of Hopes and FearsIgnorance of Geography 310
MY BONDAGE AND MY FREEDOM
THE AUTHOR REMOVED FROM HIS FIRST HOME
Sandy becomes a Dreamer
Danger of DiscoveryDifficultyof Concealment
Resistance made by Henrv HarrisIts Effects
Author taken out of Prison and sent to Baltimore
Contrast between the North and the South
First Acquaintance with the Liberator
Becomes a Public Lecturer
The Singing of the Slaves no Proof of Contentment
Beams of Sunlight
Kindness of my new MistressLittle Tommy
Increased Determination to Learn
pursued my EducationMy Tutors
Knowledge ever IncreasingMy Eyes Opened
New Hopes and Aspirations
Sad Prospects and Grief
Return to BaltimoreDeath of Mistress Lucretia
Allowance of FoodSufferings from Hunger
No more Meal brought from the MillMethodist
Escape to St MichaelsSuffering in the Woods
An AlarmA Friend not an Enemy
Coveys Ineffectual Commands for Assistance
A Device of Slavery
The Reverend Rigby Hopkins
Affectionate Relations of Master and Pupils
Time and Labors Abroad
Agitation of the Slavery Question
Dr Cunninghams SpeechA Striking Incident
Motives for going to Rochester
Elevation of the Free People of ColorPledge for
Letter to his Old Master
The Nature of Slavery
Inhumanity of Slavery
LIFE AND TIMES OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS 453
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