Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

By Frederick Douglass

Former slave, impassioned abolitionist, marvelous author, newspaper editor and eloquent orator whose speeches fired the abolitionist reason, Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) led an awesome lifestyles. actual abuse, deprivation and tragedy plagued his early years, but via sheer strength of personality he used to be capable of conquer those hindrances to develop into a number one spokesman for his people.
In this, the 1st and most often learn of his 3 autobiographies, Douglass presents photograph descriptions of his youth and scary studies as a slave in addition to a harrowing list of his dramatic get away to the North and eventual freedom.
Published in 1845 to quell doubts approximately his origins — when you consider that few slaves of that interval may well write — the Narrative is in demand at the present time for its amazing ardour, delicate and vibrant descriptions and storytelling strength. It belongs within the library of someone attracted to African-American historical past and the lifetime of one of many country's so much brave and influential champions of civil rights. a variety of the typical middle country criteria Initiative.

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Written partly to counter the incredulity of audiences doubtful speaker of Douglass’ eloquence can have emerged almost unaided from this kind of lowly heritage, and that includes introductions by means of famous white abolitionists William Lloyd Garrison and Wendell Phillips, the Narrative used to be a right away sensation, inflaming antislavery sentiments within the North and out of the country. The 1845 textual content reprinted this is particularly valued between Douglass’ writings because the such a lot fast account of his younger captivity; Douglass’ multiplied moment autobiography, My Bondage and My Freedom (1855), can be on hand from Dover courses (ISBN 0-486-22457-0). desk of Contents identify web page Copyright web page notice Preface Letter from Wendell Phillips, Esq. bankruptcy I. bankruptcy II. bankruptcy III. bankruptcy IV. bankruptcy V. bankruptcy VI. bankruptcy VII. bankruptcy VIII. bankruptcy IX. bankruptcy X. bankruptcy XI. Appendix DOVER · THRIFT · versions Preface within the month of August, 1841, I attended an anti-slavery conference in Nantucket, at which it was once my happiness to turn into familiar with FREDERICK DOUGLASS, the author of the next Narrative. He was once a stranger to almost each member of that physique; yet, having lately made his break out from the southern prison-house of bondage, and feeling his interest excited to check the foundations and measures of the abolitionists, — of whom he had heard a slightly obscure description whereas he used to be a slave, — he used to be precipitated to offer his attendance, at the party alluded to, notwithstanding at the moment a resident in New Bedford. lucky, so much lucky prevalence! — lucky for the hundreds of thousands of his manacled brethren, but panting for deliverance from their lousy thraldom! — lucky for the reason for negro emancipation, and of common liberty! — lucky for the land of his beginning, which he has already performed a lot to save lots of and bless! — lucky for a wide circle of acquaintances and buddies, whose sympathy and affection he has strongly secured through the various sufferings he has persisted, by way of his virtuous characteristics of personality, by way of his ever-abiding remembrance of these who're in bonds, as being sure with them! — lucky for the multitudes, in quite a few components of our republic, whose minds he has enlightened with reference to slavery, and who've been melted to tears by way of his pathos, or roused to virtuous indignation through his stirring eloquence opposed to the enslavers of fellows! — lucky for himself, because it straight away introduced him into the sector of public usefulness, “gave the realm insurance of a MAN,” quickened the napping energies of his soul, and consecrated him to the good paintings of breaking the rod of the oppressor, and letting the oppressed pass loose! I shall always remember his first speech on the conference — the intense emotion it excited in my very own brain — the strong effect it created upon a crowded auditory, thoroughly taken all of sudden — the applause which from the start to the top of his felicitous comments. i feel I by no means hated slavery so intensely as at that second; definitely, my belief of the large outrage that's inflicted via it, at the godlike nature of its sufferers, was once rendered way more transparent than ever.

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