Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave: Written by Himself / Edition 2

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave: Written by Himself / Edition 2

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by Frederick Douglass, David W. Blight

ISBN-10: 0312257376

ISBN-13: 9780312257378

Pub. Date: 12/28/2002

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

Douglass's graphic depictions of slavery, harrowing escape to freedom, and life as newspaper editor, eloquent orator, and impassioned abolitionist.  See more details below


Douglass's graphic depictions of slavery, harrowing escape to freedom, and life as newspaper editor, eloquent orator, and impassioned abolitionist.

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Bedford/St. Martin's
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Bedford Cultural Editions Series
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Second Edition
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5.43(w) x 8.23(h) x 0.38(d)

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Table of Contents




A Note About the Text
Preface by William Lloyd Garrison, May 1, 1845
Letter from Wendell Phillips, Esq., April 22, 1845
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself


Caleb Bingham, "Dialogue Between a Master and a Slave," in The Columbian Orator 1797
Margaret Fuller, Review of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, New York Tribune, June 10, 1845
Ephraim Peabody, "Narratives of Fugitive Slaves," excerpt, Christian Examiner, July 1849
Nathaniel P. Rogers, "Southern Slavery and Northern Religion: Two Addresses" delivered in Concord, New Hampshire, February 11, 1844, as reported in Concord, N.H. Herald of Freedom, February 16, 1844
Frederick Douglass, "My Slave Experience in Maryland," an address delivered in New York City, May 6, 1845, as recorded in National Antislavery Standard, May 22, 1845
Frederick Douglass, "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?" speech delivered in Rochester, New York, July 5, 1852


A Frederick Douglass Chronology (1818–1895)
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography


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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 124 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Frederick Douglass was an amazing oralist and writer. In the 'Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass,' he brought this story to life. Every emotion that he felt, you feel. When slaves were killed by their overseers, his narration makes you feel as if you were right there with the same suspense and horror the other slaves felt. When he was a young boy and watched the barbaric beating of his aunt Hester, his details were so vivid. And, when he stated 'I was so terrified and horror-stricken at the sight, that I hid myself in a closet,' I wanted to be in that closet hiding with him. The articulation that he possesses is amazing. The fact that this story was written by a former slave, would allow you the impression that it would not be easy to decipher. This is not the case at all. His verbage was clear and easy to follow. This story was truly inspirational!
JoannaPA More than 1 year ago
Over the years many times I have heard reference to this book but had never read it. I picked it up out of curiosity and to be honest because it was on the bargain table, but this small book of the slave story and later writings, speeches and lectures of Mr. Frederick Douglass are a real treasure and a must read. His words and life cut to the heart as you hear him tell what he experienced as a man held in bondage. The terror, fear and brutal cruelty of the times and the daily suffering of slaves, men, women and children,is sad,unbelievable, but true. It also sheds a light on the attitudes and thinking of slave owners. Learning to read was the spark in young Frederick that set him on his long and hard path to freedom.I found it interesting to read about the different people and chance encounters that brought him to a free state and eventually to be able to speak so strongly and beautifully against slavery as an evil against God and against our fellow human beings. This narritive is a powerful and thought provoking read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book felt as cold water on my face. It made me aware of the profound impact of slavery in all the entities that were part of it. Slaves and masters became victims of the same pest. Through the chapters of this book we able to observe the mental deformation that slavery causes in slaveholders. Using very clear and full of emotions narrative, Frederick Douglas allow us to share, in some way, his journey towards freedom. Moreover, he also succeeds in communicating the greatness of his spirit, determination and faith. I truly recommend this book to everyone that wants to increase awareness in how we become blind to injustice and suffering.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i was assigned to read this for history my first thought was: ughh this is gonna make me fall asleep like the other books i have been forced to read BUT this actually turned out to be a good book I was appalled by the abuse that Frederick Doughlass had to go through as a slave and it is very interesting how he vividly remembers his time in bondage If you ever have the urge to read a book about the harsh realities of slavery, definately read this book
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading sections of Douglass' narrative gave me chills and made me think about the way African Americans were treated by white masters. This book gave me ideas of the hardships the African Americans faced when shipped from town to town and master to master. The words in Douglass' speech at the anti-slavery convention show his intelligence and views of being an Abolitionist. I recommend this book to any person willing or wanting to learn about slavery of African Americans in the 19th century.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Part of my reading curriculum for my Oral Communications class, I loved it so much I had everyone in my family read it!!! Definitely recommend to those looking for a good book on slaves and slavery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such an inspirational story. It is well written and easy to read. You can feel the tension, dismay and sorrow as Mr. Douglas narrates the different things that he had to go through. His story show how faith, courage and determination made him a victor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definitely a must read book. I would recommend that every one, no matter what their race may be, should read this book. I found this book to be eye opening and heart wrenching. It really grabs your attention and make you want to read more. This book was written in such a way that I felt like I was being told the story personally instead of just reading it. I found myself rooting for Fredrick Douglass throughout the whole book. I think the part that touched me the most was the fact he never had to opportunity to know his mother. Me being a mother, I felt my my eyes water reading that. Frederick Douglass overcame so much in his life. He went from being a slave that did not know how to read or write to a free person that was (and still is) a much respected abolitionist. The story of his life is nothing short of amazing. I am really glad that I had to opportunity to read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This narrative delivers a recondite and clear perspective on the obstacles that surround a person being a slave. Frederick Douglass certainly had his finger on the pulse of the time. Great narrative!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Module II ¿ Douglass Book Review Brilliant!! Heart breaking and unbelievably inspiring. Amazingly well written and easy to read. I was impressed with how quickly I was able to read Douglass¿s story. I also thought the narrative was a great proponent for literacy. It really portrays how reading can be the key to knowledge and independence. It was a testimony to the innate intelligence of the human spirit. I was greatly moved by the passage when Douglass says that he would rather be called egotistical by others than to deny the miracle that says that happened in his life. Through all sorts of adversity his spirit stayed alive and true to what he knew to be a real life although he had never experienced himself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The true-life writing of Frederick Douglas is exceptional. The memoirs of his youth into adulthood as a slave give the reader a descriptive outlook of his life experience. As you read the account of his life you can almost play it scene by scene. The story intrigues you. He would stop at nothing until he became his ¿own master¿. His life is a testament of his bravery, determination and thirst for knowledge.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this piece of literature. It was well witten and vivid. I could see what is going on and I can feel the writers emotions. I recommend this book if you are into the history of slavery and African American literature.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A story of complete success which never allows the reader to wander. The amount of life and determination this man represented were outstanding, and will keep you focused throughout. This book serves a dual purpose in my opinion in that it not only gives an account of the slave life, but that of the possibility of, and eventual 'free life'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Born in 1818 and dying in 1895, Fredrick Douglass led a life of courage, wisdom and faith. Douglass was born into slavery on the Eastern shore of Maryland. With no formal schooling Douglass became self-educated by reading anything that he could find available. Ultimately, when Douglass could no longer handle slavery, he disguised himself as a sailor and escaped. Being only twenty at the time of his escape from slavery, Douglass found him self in New York on his way to an exciting career that would change History. Douglass became a strong Abolitionist orator, writer, publisher and Government official. He published three auto-biographical books. The earliest book titled the Narrative Life of Fredrick Douglass, was a self written biography that was to show the readers what kind of horrible crimes that were inflicted on slaves. This book is still one the best slave narratives considered by many. Fredrick Douglass was an excellent speaker, and gave amazing speeches that moved his audiences. He dramatically pressed in his speaking for freedom and independence for all slaves. Fredrick Douglass was a very powerful and courageous man that fought for what he believed in. He fought for many peoples freedom, which is more than any words can describe. A motto Douglass created said, ¿Right is of no sex and truth is of no color.¿ This is still a motto that some people in the world are fighting for today, but at least we as a society had powerful leaders like Fredrick Douglass to pave the way.