To celebrate the bicentenary of Frederick Douglass's birth in 2018, this new annotated edition of his classic autobiography shows how his insights on slavery, racism, and the pursuit of self-reliance are still highly relevant today in 21st-century America.
• Reveals the footprints of history throughout Douglass's narrative via the accessible annotationsinsights that would otherwise easily be missed by modern readers
• Provides opening chapters that present critical historical background that few contemporary Americans know about, but is crucial for understanding the context of Douglass's narrative
• Addresses the concepts of racism and white privilegetwo concepts that preside over Douglass's book and are still at the center of American societythrough Douglass's writings and the events of his life
• Includes numerous illustrations of Douglass and his world, adding further context to his autobiographical narrative
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About the Author
Robert Felgar, PhD, is professor and head of the Department of English at Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL.
Table of Contents
Series Foreword Ranjit S. Dighe ix
Chapter 1 Frederick Douglass: Slave and Free 1
Chapter 2 Slavery in the Land of Freedom 21
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave 37
What People are Saying About This
"An invaluable resource for both educators and students, this copiously supplemented and annotated text provides comprehensive historical details and insightful cultural analysis of Douglass's narrative. Dr. Felgar captures the contextual essences of the American abolitionist movement and its major players through the lens of Douglass but also proposes important contemporary readings of many relevant issues that will only enlighten and progress any reader's perspective on this rich document and its historical and current implications. The introductory chapters, supplementary photographs, extensive annotations, and helpful bibliography surround Douglass's text with a deeply knowledgeable voice that makes it accessible, timely, and still vitally important to the canon of American literary and cultural studies."
"Robert Felgar's new edition of Douglass's classic narrative provides a firsthand approach to this black libertarian, self-determined, freedom fighter. The author's use of sources stations the reader to be an active investigator of biography, examining the life, legacy, and contributions of Douglass as a prestigious black leader of the nineteenth century. Appreciated for his impacts on race, abolition, and human rights, Douglass made lasting contributions that are still being felt today. Deepening our understanding of Douglass in place, space, and time, with emphasis on social science and humanistic enquiry, Felgar's book should be required reading for academic and independent scholars."
"Felgar has provided a most valuable resource to one of the most important works in American letters. His annotations identify and further amplify the literary and rhetorical force of Douglass's narrative. Insights into Douglass's circumstance and motivation are complemented with connections to other moments in history, right up to the present. Felgar's research reads as a more complete telling of Douglass's story, a lively and in-depth side narrative that deepens one's appreciation of this work. This edition will both entertain and educate those stepping into Douglass's remarkable narrative."