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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

An American Slave

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Penguin Putnam

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.

& Taylor

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.

Publisher: New York : Signet Classics, 2005
ISBN: 0071149004952
Branch Call Number: B Douglass D
Characteristics: xiv, 144 p. ; 18 cm.


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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.

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Mar 31, 2014
  • robhoma rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

When studying slavery in American History, students are often exposed to the arguments of Abolitionists and the defense of the peculiar institution by Southerners. The narrative by Frederick Douglass gives a voice to the slaves. The book is 124 pages long and very quick to read. You can also download this book from the internet, for free, at Project Gutenberg. The difference is that this version has a ten-page introduction by Peter Gomes.


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