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My Bondage and My Freedom
     

My Bondage and My Freedom

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by Frederick Douglass
 

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My Bondage and My Freedom is an autobiographical slave narrative written by Frederick Douglass and published in 1855. It is the second of three autobiographies written by Douglass, and is mainly an expansion of his first (Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass), discussing in greater detail his transition from bondage to liberty. Following his liberation,

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My Bondage and My Freedom is an autobiographical slave narrative written by Frederick Douglass and published in 1855. It is the second of three autobiographies written by Douglass, and is mainly an expansion of his first (Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass), discussing in greater detail his transition from bondage to liberty. Following his liberation, Douglass, a former slave, went on to become a prominent abolitionist, speaker, author, and publisher.

In his foreword to the 2003 Modern Library paperback edition, John Stauffer writes: “My Bondage and My Freedom,” [is] a deep meditation on the meaning of slavery, race, and freedom, and on the power of faith and literacy, as well as a portrait of an individual and a nation a few years before the Civil War. As his narrative unfolds, Frederick Douglass—abolitionist, journalist, orator, and one of the most powerful voices to emerge from the American civil rights movement—transforms himself from slave to fugitive to reformer, leaving behind a legacy of social, intellectual, and political thought. The 1855 text includes Douglass’s original Appendix, composed of excerpts from the author’s speeches as well as a letter he wrote to his former master.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013539563
Publisher:
Mundus Publishing
Publication date:
11/23/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
321
File size:
986 KB

Meet the Author

Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, February 1818 – February 20, 1895) was an American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note 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. Many Northerners also found it hard to believe that such a great orator had been a slave.

Douglass wrote several autobiographies, eloquently describing his experiences in slavery in his 1845 autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, which became influential in its support for abolition. He wrote two more autobiographies, with his last, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, published in 1881 and covering events through and after the Civil War. After the Civil War, Douglass remained active in the United States' struggle to reach its potential as a "land of the free". Douglass actively supported women's suffrage. Without his approval he became the first African American nominated for Vice President of the United States as the running mate of Victoria Woodhull on the impracticable and small Equal Rights Party ticket. Douglass held multiple public offices.

Douglass was a firm believer in the equality of all people, whether black, female, Native American, or recent immigrant, famously quoted as saying, "I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong."

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Tuckahoe, Maryland
Date of Birth:
1818
Date of Death:
February 20, 1895
Place of Death:
Washington, D.C.

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My Bondage and My Freedom 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recently saw a short documentary about Frederick Douglass on PBS where I learned of his autobiography. After that I went to search for it and was happy to find it as an electronic e-book and a free version. I don't really know how this electronic version was made but a lot of it is unreadable. A lot of words and sometimes whole sections are garbled. It is still readable if you don't mind occasionally guessing a word or 10. Most of the Chapter titles are not readable at all. I am new to e-books and I guess maybe you do get what you pay for. Although I am hesitant to buy a version of this book because of fears that it will be garbled as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found My Bondage My Freedom to be a very fascinating book. Mr.Douglass' discriptions of his experiences as slave, were an eye opener to me of the horrible injustices our country inflicted upon the African people.
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My friend reasearched him for 2 MONTHS! I know wayyy more about him then I ever wanted to know, since my friend is the talkative kind
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Must read for everyone.
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Bad Scan Like so many of the free books available for the Nook, this scan is very poor. Pagination and printing is off. It may be a good book, but the edition fails as an ebook. It is not worth the trouble, and I am deleting it. I guess you really do get what you pay for¿
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