frederick douglass narrative pdf
It is remarkable how the first published words of the ex-slave turned abolitionist are still as relevant and eye-opening today as they were when first written over 160 years ago. The reader, new or returning, will taste how the hideousness of slavery so deeply wounded our national psyche that in many regards we still suffer its dark legacy to this day. A must read for every American and should minimally be required reading in the curriculum of all schoolchildren.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is an 1845 memoir and treatise on abolition written by famous orator and former slave Frederick Douglass. It is generally held to be the most famous of a number of narratives written by former slaves during the same period. In factual detail, the text describes the events of his life and is considered to be one of the most influential pieces of literature to fuel the abolitionist movement of the early 19th century in the United States.Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass encompasses eleven chapters that recount Douglass’ life as a slave and his ambition to become a free man.
“Having consistently used the book for almost a decade, I can say that it remains the most popular of my required books. The introduction places Douglass in a historical context comprehensible to undergraduates and offers students shrewd insights into how he drafted his autobiography.” –Amazon customer
About the Author
Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, c. February 1818 February 20, 1895) was an American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writing. He stood as a living counter-example to slaveholders’ arguments that slaves did not have the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. Many Northerners also found it hard to believe that such a great orator had been a slave.