Frederick Douglass was a man of his time and race, a leader and fighter against the irrational and inhuman treatment of the blacks. This narrative is one of the most influential among African-American books denouncing the Institution of Slavery. It was written in 1845, over fifty years after the narrative of the great son of Africa Olaudah Equiano (1797). Being a slave himself, the accounts Douglass narrates are very important as a primary source describing the endurances and tribulations he had suffered under the slavery of the Southern territories, especially in Maryland. His life was full of bitterness, grief and sorrow; but certainly he became a great man indeed...also against all odds.
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Narrative of the Life of Frederik Douglass
I was assigned to read this book back in school and am personally not a big reader. The book turned out to be short and easy to read but powerful in its story. I would recommend this first hand intimate story of slavery to anyone interested in true stories, or history.