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The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave - Community Reviews back

by Frederick Douglass, Robert G. O'Meally
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Worlds Inside Books
Worlds Inside Books rated it 2 years ago
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...
Lindsay's Book Log
Lindsay's Book Log rated it 4 years ago
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...
TheBookofJules
TheBookofJules rated it 5 years ago
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...
The Symmetrical Bookworm
The Symmetrical Bookworm rated it 5 years ago
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....
Rather Be Reading
Rather Be Reading rated it 6 years ago
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.
spoko
spoko rated it 6 years ago
I don't know that this book needs any praise from me to bolster its reputation or anything, but I'll just say that it's beautifully written and even more beautifully direct in its assessments and depictions of life under slavery—and of the hypocrisy which buttressed the institution. It should also g...
Bills Books
Bills Books rated it 6 years ago
can't recommend it highly enough. Some of the surrounding text such as the preface and the appendicies weren't that interesting but in conjunction with Douglass's stirring tale they fit in nicely. However, it isn't the story of Douglass that is so worth the read as it is the effect it has on the rea...
Bills Books
Bills Books rated it 6 years ago
can't recommend it highly enough. Some of the surrounding text such as the preface and the appendicies weren't that interesting but in conjunction with Douglass's stirring tale they fit in nicely. However, it isn't the story of Douglass that is so worth the read as it is the effect it has on the rea...
lanewillson
lanewillson rated it 6 years ago
I knew of Fredrick Douglass as a historical figure, which is to say, I really knew virtually nothing abut the man. Daughter Hannah gave me Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln for Christmas, and that along with the 150 year anniversary of the Civil War has led me to read several d...
Book Thoughts
Book Thoughts rated it 7 years ago
This is one of those books I should have read years ago as a history teacher. I have read excerpts of this and many other slave narratives like it, but I enjoyed this read. Having a good background in the history of the time period, there is nothing new here for me and his story mirrors those of m...
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