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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

Douglass, Frederick (Book - 1986)
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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave
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Published in 1845, this autobiography powerfully details the life of the internationally famous abolitionist Frederick Douglass from his birth into slavery in 1818 to his escape to the North in 1838 - how he endured the daily physical and spiritual brutalities of his owners and drivers, how he learned to read and write, and how he grew into a man who could only live free or die. In his introduction, Houston A. Baker, Jr., discusses the slave narrative as a distinct American literary genre and points out its social, political, historical, and literary significance, past and present.
Authors: Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895
Title: Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave
Publisher: Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England ; New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 1986
Characteristics: 159 p. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: edited with an introduction by Houston A. Baker, Jr
Additional Contributors: Baker, Houston A.
ISBN: 014039012X
Branch Call Number: B-D737n 1986
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 25-27)
Subject Headings: African American abolitionists Biography Abolitionists United States Biography Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895
Topical Term: African American abolitionists
LCCN: 82005371
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For capturing the Horror of slavery there is none better than Douglass's first hand experience. Recommended for high school students.

The American classic, Narrative of the Life of FD is a first hand account of American chattel slavery.

I have used it with high school students. For capturing the essence of slavery, there is none better.

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Mar 31, 2014
  • robhoma rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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