Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

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This dramatic autobiography of the early life of an American slave was first published in 1845, when its young author had just achieved his freedom. Douglass' eloquence gives a clear indication of the powerful principles that led him to become the first great African-American leader in the United States.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 1989
Edition: Anchor Books ed
ISBN: 9780385007054
Branch Call Number: 973.7092/DOU


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IndyPL_SteveB Dec 30, 2018

If you think you understand American slavery and you haven’t read this book, you’re missing a large chunk of knowledge. This is a classic book that should be read by every American, because the legacy of the South’s “Peculiar Institution” is still with us in the hate and prejudice of today’s American culture. It’s not difficult to read but it is full of emotional power.

In this book, Douglass describes the torturous conditions of life on a Maryland plantation where he was born a slave, where beatings, rape, and execution were common, and where fear and mental dullness were the daily norm. When he was seven years old, young Frederick was sold to a couple in Baltimore. Young Frederick became obsessed with learning to read, an ability he subsequently gained by trading food from his master’s house for knowledge from poor white boys in the neighborhood. After several years in relative peace in Baltimore, his master died and he was returned to one of the most inhumane Maryland plantations as a field worker. After surviving two years of this, he was fortunate to be returned to Baltimore, from which he escaped to New York in 1838. He eventually became one of the most powerful voices in the American movement to abolish slavery, which led to the American Civil War.

Nov 07, 2018

it wes a good book and i wood recommend it

Nov 07, 2018

it was good. i find leaning about this time period interesting.

Nov 07, 2018

I thought the book was very inspiring and had a good message. Fredrick's life was something I thought about for days and how some of the problems he was struggling with is what some black men in America still deal with today. The way the book was written and worded was very well done too. He didn't sugar code anything, and basically just said "this is what happened and this is true." The way he learned to read and build himself into a self made man was incredible. I loved the book and would definitely read more by him/about him.

Nov 07, 2018

i didnt like it tho ive read like 10 books on this dude so that might have a affect.and audiobook man was monotone.

Nov 07, 2018

This book, while painfully honest, is a viewpoint on American Slavery that everyone needs to see. Fredrick Douglass' story is eye-opening and important. I would suggest this book to anyone over 12, because of some of the content/imagery.

Sep 24, 2018

I don't know what three stars even means, or why I assigned this great book such a piddly rating...but it's star-less. Unstarrable. I read this 20 years ago and still think about it often. Some of the images Douglass paints are still burned into my mind's eye, especially the one of a pen fitting into the cracks in his soles.

robhoma Mar 31, 2014

When studying slavery in American History, students are often exposed to the arguments of Abolitionists and the defense of the peculiar institution by Southerners. The narrative by Frederick Douglass gives a voice to the slaves. The book is 124 pages long and very quick to read. You can also download this book from the internet, for free, at Project Gutenberg. The difference is that this version has a ten-page introduction by Peter Gomes.

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