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Born in slavery on a Maryland plantation around 1817, Frederick Douglass spent the first twenty years of his life in bondage. Taught to read and write by one of his owners, he went on to become a brilliant writer, eloquent orator, and a major participant in the struggle of African-Americans for freedom and equality. In this remarkable firsthand narrative, originally published in 1845, Douglass vividly recounts his early years filled with physical abuse, deprivation, and tragedy; dramatic escapes to the North, recapture, and eventual freedom; work for the Anti-Slavery Society and influential role in speaking for other former slaves; abolitionist campaigns and crusade for civil rights. A powerful autobiography of a passionate integrationist, The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass will be an important addition to the library of anyone interested in African-American history.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780517093443
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/26/1993
  • Series: Library of Freedom Ser.
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 1.55 (d)

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Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) was an American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining renown for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writing. He stood as a living counter-example to slaveholders' arguments that slaves did not have the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. He became a major speaker for the cause of abolition. In addition to his oratory, Douglass wrote several autobiographies, eloquently describing his life as a slave, and his struggles to be free. His classic autobiography, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, is one of the best known accounts of American slavery. After the Civil War, Douglass remained very active in America's struggle to reach its potential as a "land of the free". Douglass actively supported women's suffrage. Following the war, he worked on behalf of equal rights for freedmen, and held multiple public offices. Douglass was a firm believer in the equality of all people, whether black, female, Native American, or recent immigrant. He was fond of saying, "I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong."
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    1. Also Known As:
      Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Tuckahoe, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      1818
    1. Date of Death:
      February 20, 1895
    2. Place of Death:
      Washington, D.C.

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CHAPTER III. TROUBLES OF CHILDHOOD. Col. Lloyd's plantation—Aunt Katy—Her cruelty and ill-nature—Capt. Anthony's partiality to Aunt Katy—Allowance of food—Hunger—Unexpected rescue by his mother—The reproof of Aunt Katy—Sleep—A slave - mother's love—His inheritance—His mother's acquirements—Her death. ONCE established on the home plantation of Col. Lloyd—I was with the children there, left to the tender mercies of Aunt Katy, a slave woman who was to my master, what he was to Col. Lloyd. Disposing of us in classes or sizes, he left to Aunt Katy all the minor details concerning our management. She was a woman who never allowed herself to act greatly within the limits of delegated power, no matter how broad that authority might be. Ambitious of old master's favour, ill-tempered and cruel by nature, she found in her present position an ample field for the exercise of her ill-omened qualities. She had a strong hold upon old master, for she was a first-rate cook, and very industrious. She was therefore greatly favoured by him—and as one mark of his favour she was the only mother who was permitted to retain her children around her, and even to these, her own children, she was often fiendish in her brutality. Cruel, however, as she sometimes was to her own children, she was not destitute of maternal feeling, and in her instinct to satisfy their demands for food, she was often guilty of starving me and the other children. Want of food was my chief trouble during my first summer here. Captain Anthony, instead of allowing a given quantity of food to each slave, committed the allowance for all to Aunt Katy, to be divided byher, after cooking, amongst us. The allowance consisted of coarse corn meal, not very abundant, and which by passing through Aunt Katy's hands, became more slender s...
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Table of Contents

Introduction [to the 1892 Edition] 3
Part 1
1 Author's Birth 11
2 Removal from Grandmother's 13
3 Troubles of Childhood 16
4 A General Survey of the Slave Plantation 18
5 A Slaveholder's Character 25
6 A Child's Reasoning 28
7 Luxuries at the Great House 34
8 Characteristics of Overseers 39
9 Change of Location 43
10 Learning to Read 47
11 Growing in Knowledge 50
12 Religious Nature Awakened 56
13 The Vicissitudes of Slave Life 60
14 Experience in St. Michaels 66
15 Covey, the Negro Breaker 75
16 Another Pressure of the Tyrant's Vise 84
17 The Last Flogging 90
18 New Relations and Duties 98
19 The Runaway Plot 105
20 Apprenticeship Life 122
21 Escape from Slavery 130
Part 2
1 Escape from Slavery 137
2 Life as a Freeman 141
3 Introduced to the Abolitionists 151
4 Recollections of Old Friends 154
5 One Hundred Conventions 159
6 Impressions Abroad 164
7 Triumphs and Trials 184
8 John Brown and Mrs. Stowe 193
9 Increasing Demands of the Slave Power 209
10 The Beginning of the End 225
11 Secession and War 240
12 Hope for the Nation 253
13 Vast Changes 270
14 Living and Learning 290
15 Weighed in the Balance 296
16 "Time Makes All Things Even" 320
17 Incidents and Events 330
18 "Honor to Whom Honor" 340
19 Retrospection 346
Appendix 351
Part 3
1 Later Life 375
2 A Grand Occasion 379
3 Doubts as to Garfield's Course 383
4 Recorder of Deeds 386
5 President Cleveland's Administration 390
6 The Supreme Court Decision 395
7 Defeat of James G. Blaine 405
8 European Tour 407
9 Continuation of European Tour 411
10 The Campaign of 1888 434
11 Administration of President Harrison 437
12 Minister to Haiti 439
13 Continued Negotiations for the Mole St. Nicolas 446
Annotated Bibliography 455
Index 458
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