Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
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... show more
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.
Publish date: August 26th 1982
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 160
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, Read For School
, African American
, American History
2,5 stars.I only read this book because it was part of a mandatory reading list for a class. I have never read any autobiographies, so I don't know if the way this book was written is the norm in this genre. I found it a bit dull and very monotone. Maybe I'm too used to reading fiction (very graphic...
So apparently this is the week that in trying to finish my popsugar reading challenge for the year I'm reading books on race. This book is a really interesting insight into Fredrick Douglass' life. The appendix on this book and the discussion of Christianity as following Christ's teaching verses the...
Frederick Douglass was born into slavery. With a slave owning father - who was presumably his first master - and a slave mother, all Douglass ever knew was slavery. However, even though he was a slave, he knew he was being denied his basic human rights without anyone telling him: "The white children...
So, in history right now I am learning about the pre-Civil War (the Era of Reform) and the Civil War. And Frederick Douglass was mentioned in my textbook. The chapter he was mentioned in is actually really interesting, so I might just check this out. If I can find time. We shall see....
A straight-forward, honest account of the life of a slave. Mr Douglass's writing is at times blunt and brutal, at other times, lyrical and haunting. I'll be thinking about this for a while. I highly suggest everyone read this.