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  • Published: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2001.
  • Year Published: 2001
  • Description: xli, 148 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 0300087012 (pbk.) :
  • 0300088310 (alk. paper)

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Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave

by Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895.

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Call number: Black Studies 921 Douglass, Frederick, 921 Douglass, Frederick

Available Copies: Downtown 2nd Floor, Malletts Adult

Additional Details

"This edition is based on The Frederick Douglass papers, series two: Autobiographical writings, volume 1: Narrative ... (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999)"--T.p. verso.

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I too thought this book would be hard to read. Not only is the English reasonably modern (no "thou" and "dost" here), Douglass's story is absolutely riveting. Whatever one may think or want to know about slavery, getting the story from a slave who ran away to freedom is ultimately the most compelling way to find out, he pulls no punches whatsoever, about the physical abuse but also the institution itself and what it feels like to be without liberty. Highly recommended.

This edition has somewhat small type. It also has introductory material preceding and notes following Douglass's narrative.

Compelling, and readable

Despite wanting to read this for a long time, I had very much put it off because I assumed that anything written this long ago would be in language that was challenging and dry to read.

It wasn't. Holy crap. Written 150(ish) years ago, this was alive and compelling, horrifying and enlightening. Even knowing Douglass' story in general, I still couldn't put it down.

Succinct, Emotional, Still Relevant

Written in 1845 and still good. I don't know why I never read this before, it's an American classic. Very straightforward and still eye-opening, and the subject of scads of historic and literary analysis over the last twenty years.

In case you don't know, Frederick Douglass was born ca. 1817 in Maryland (in slavery), and escaped to Massachusetts in 1838. He became an important spokesman for the abolitionist movement, as well as a supporter of woman's suffrage. The story goes that he was such an amazing speaker that people couldn't believe he had been a slave, so he wrote this account of his childhood and early adulthood to tell his story.

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