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Narrative Of The Life & Times Of Frederick Douglass [Paperback]

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This Eloquent and dramatic autobiography of the early life of an American slave was first published in 1845, when its author was twenty eight years old & had just achieved his freedom. Although it was not uncommon during the era of American slavery for articulate Blacks who escaped to have their experiences published, Narraive Of The Life & Times Of Frederick Douglass is unique among these slave narratives because of Douglass's eloquent power of expression.

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Pages   124
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 5" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2000
Publisher   Lushena Books
ISBN  1930097115  
ISBN13  9781930097117  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Frederick Douglass, born around1817, was the son of an African-American woman and a white slaveholder. Brilliant and brave, Douglass once led a minor insurrection against his masters--but unlike the famous Nat Turner, Douglass escaped his venture alive. While still a young man he fled, hungry and hunted, to the North, where he was befriended by abolitionists. His dramatic autobiography was published in 1845, creating a sensation and spurring Douglass's career as a militant, uncompromising leader of African-Americans. He recruited African-American volunteers for the Civil War and later secured and protected the rights of the freemen. Douglass later became secretary of the Santo Domingo Commission, Recorder of Deeds in the District of Columbia, and United States Minister to Haiti. He died in 1895.

Peter J. Gomes was the minister at Memorial Church at Harvard University from 1974 until his death in 2011. Among his many books are The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart and Strength for the Journey: Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living.

Gregory Stephens is Lecturer of Cultural Studies and Film in the Department of Literature in English, University of West Indies--Mona. He is the author of On Racial Frontiers: The New Culture of Frederick Douglass, Ralph Ellison, and Bob Marley. Previously he was an award-winning songwriter and journalist in Austin and Laredo, Texas, as well as a bilingual public school teacher (Spanish/English). He lives in Kingston, Jamaica.

Frederick Douglass was born in 1818 and died in 1895.

Frederick Douglass has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Modern Library Classics (Paperback)
  2. Penguin Classics
  3. Yale Nota Bene

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Frederick Douglass by the author himself  Oct 28, 2003
Frederick Douglass was born in Maryland and separated from his
mother in his infancy. His father was thought to be white.
He writes how slaves were given a monthly allowance for food.
Colonel Lloyd, an early slaveowner had 1000 slaves in his employ.
Douglass learned how to read and write under Master Hugh.
He spent some time with another owner -Mr. Covey. He worked hard
under Covey's stewardship; however, he was provided with good
tools to work the land. Douglass relates how he enjoyed quality
time spent with his grandparents. He had a brother named Perry
and sisters Sarah and Eliza. His father was unknown .
Douglass recounts how slaves were whipped due to oversleeping.
Occasionally, they were fed corn meal and tainted meat.
He enjoyed working for Mr. Freeland who had a more generous
temperament than the other slaveowners. Douglass relates
anti-slavery meetings in New Bedford and contributions from
Britains in order to commit his thoughts to formal publishing.
The more painful experiences were the starving, whipping, chaining and use of blood hounds to harass slaves.
Douglass writes with a superior style. The vocabulary and
sentence structure is excellent. This rendition is as fine
a work in English literature as other famous writers of the era.
The Story of an American Hero  Dec 5, 2002
If the reader did not know that the author was an ex-slave, who by his own tremendous efforts taught himself to read and write, you like many of his day would challenge the veracity of this story. Mr. Douglass was born into slavery on a Talbot County, Maryland plantation, and by sheer determination, and force of character, mastered the English language in a manner seldom seen before or since. His eloquence is only matched by his wit, sense of irony, along with a keen understanding of human behavior.

This narrative is the candid recollection of the early years of his life. His descriptions about daily life are powerful, thought-provoking, and extremely observant. He spares no detail about the harsh brutality of his life, both on the plantation, and later in Baltimore. The reader senses that Mr. Douglass was imbued with a sense never to accept his cruel fate.

He learned how to read and write from poor white boys on the docks of Baltimore. "I used to exchange pieces of bread, which they didn't have, for the bread of knowledge." His determination to become literate was fueled by his master's refusal to allow Mr. Douglass to learn formally. "I did not allow my master to keep me in mental darkness. If anything, it only strengthened my resolve."

He recounts his utter disappointment over the first failed escape attempt, and then describes his ultimate decision to try once again. He had been working as a caulker in Baltimore, but had to hand over his six or seven dollars in weekly wages to his master, who used to give him five cents. "At that time, I knew I could remain a slave no longer." Ultimately, he escaped his bondage, and became a life-long proponent of humane causes.

This is a powerful, candid, and superbly written story. It is an achievement of the human spirit by one of our most inspirational figures in American history.

Thank you for the opportunity to review this narrative.

A Quest for Man's Dignity  Apr 23, 2000
"The Narrative of the Life and Times of Frederick Douglass" provides an astounding look at the true face of slavery and the train of events that led to Frederick Douglass' escape from bondage. More than that, however, his simple rhetoric shows us the dignity of a man.

Through the years leading up to his eventual escape, we see how the slaveholders were afraid of the power of literacy--in itself a reason to teach this autobiography to high school students. We also grow to understand that force and violence were the only tools the owners had to keep their slaves (treated no differently than cows and pigs) compliant. This is a significantly different picture of slavery than romanticized works such as "Gone With the Wind."

The fact that Douglass did not try to exaggerate events, but related his life with simple honesty, gives power an credence to "The Narrative of the Life and Times of Frederick Douglass." A moving lesson for all races.

Every American must read this book  Mar 30, 2000
A brief and thrilling account of the actual life of an American slave in Maryland in the 1830's and 1840's. The scintillating and exquisitely precise prose is all the more amazing when you consider that Douglass had no formal education, and virtually taught himself to read and write. He pulls no punches, and anyone who ever thought even fleetingly that slavery was "not so bad" should read this page-turning powerhouse. Not to be missed on any account.

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