Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
An American Slave
Born into a life of bondage, Frederick Douglass secretly taught himself to read and write. It was a crime punishable by death, but it resulted in one of the most eloquent indictments of slavery ever recorded. His gripping narrative takes us into the fields, cabins, and manors of pre-Civil War plantations in the South and reveals the daily terrors he suffered as a slave.
Written more than a century and a half ago by an African-American who went on to become a famous orator, U.S. minister to Haiti, and leader of his people, this timeless classic still speaks directly to our age. It is a record of savagery and inhumanity that goes far to explain why America still suffers from the great injustices of the past.
With an Introduction by Peter J. Gomes and an Afterword by Gregory Stephens
Baker & Taylor
The autobiography of the famous abolitionist and statesman who escaped to the north after twenty-one years of enslavement.
The famous biography of the former slave who became an outstanding orator, minister, and abolitionist leader offers an eloquent indictment of America's "peculiar institution" of slavery, exposing the harsh living conditions of slaves throughout the plantations of the antebellum South. Reissue.
From Library Staff
Nonfiction - Primary Source Autobiography written by Frederick Douglass; NYC Core Curriculum Trade Book title for Gr. 7 ELA Civil War Collection; and recommended NY State Common Core title for Gr. 7 and 11.
The classic memoir.
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