This dramatic autobiography of the early life of an American slave was first published inwhen its young author had just achieved his freedom. Yet despite his harrowing experiences, through determination and sheer force of character he was able to secretly acquire literacy and eventually escape to the North, where he became a forceful and dazzling proponent of abolition. In telling his personal story, Douglass gives eloquent expression to the principles that made him the first great African-American leader in the United States.
It would forever unfit him to be a slave.
He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master. As to himself, it would do him no good, but a great deal of harm.
It would make him discontented and unhappy. It was a new and special revelation Taught to read and write by the wife of his owner, however, he escaped into an intellectual world that would become his extraordinary battleground for the freedom of those enslaved and, indeed, for the future of the United States.
This work, first published inis the first of three autobiographies Douglass penned, and it became one of the most influential documents of a life in slavery ever written, as well as a powerful spur to the then-burgeoning abolitionist movement.
From his childhood of abuse, neglect, and separation from family to his dramatic escape to the North, this is a stunning work of both literature and politics.
An absolute classic not only of African-American history but of the history of the advance of human civilization, this is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the turbulent story of the United States in the 19th century.About Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave A new Vintage Classics edition of the abolitionist leader’s classic autobiography.
This dramatic autobiography of the early life of an American slave was first published in , when its young author had just achieved his freedom. May 01, · Donate to me at * chapter guide at the bottom First published in , the Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass became Frederick Douglass's most well known work.
Douglass upsets this point of view by depicting the unnaturalness of slavery.
He explains the means by which slave owners distort social bonds and the natural processes of life in order to turn men into slaves. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, an American Slave, is an emotional journey into the atrocious system of slavery, and the inspirational triumph against insurmountable odds.
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Douglass's best-known work is his first autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, written during his time in Lynn, Massachusetts and published in At the time, some skeptics questioned whether a black man could have produced such an eloquent piece of literature.
Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk, and Frederick Douglass's Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. These stirring accounts, significant testaments to our nation's past together in one volume, belong on the bookshelves of everyone interested in African-American history/5().