This autobiography is the first book from the brilliant writer, advocate, and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Relating the story of Douglass’ life from his birth into slavery to his escape and first few years of freedom, this account became instrumental in stirring up anti-slavery sentiments before the Civil War. Douglass is born a slave in eastern Maryland, never knowing his father and separated from his mother as a young child. When his owner’s wife begins to teach him to read, and is subsequently chastised for it, Douglass discovers that the path to freedom is through education. His young life is a constant battle against injustice, peaking with an intense fight against the brutal slave driver Mr. Covey. Yet Douglass manages to free himself from captivity and devote his life to freeing others. It’s a chilling reminder of the horrors of slavery and an inspirational portrait of a great mind triumphing over oppressive forces.
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Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglas
I humbly submit that this should be required reading for every American. What a beautifully written and vivid account of the horrors of enslavement and man's aptitude for both committing and enduring boundless evil.
This was a great read read in three hours could not put it down. Just finished 2:35 am.
A must read. A story of unbelievable triumph
This book is superb. It literally takes you back to that time in history when Africans were slaves in the USA. Frederick Douglass was a brilliant writer, bringing his experience as a slave to life.
Maybe books like this will continue to bring revelation and clarity, and maybe a better understanding of how the spirit of the Negro slave could never be conquered. Even though slavery still has long reaching effects suffered still today, this book gives hope for all who believe in the justice of humanity.---- Reggie Rugley