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Narrative of Life of Frederick Douglass

Narrative of Life of Frederick Douglass - 99 edition

Narrative of Life of Frederick Douglass - 99 edition

ISBN13: 9780199539079

ISBN10: 0199539073

Narrative of Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass - ISBN 9780199539079
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 99
Copyright: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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International: No
Narrative of Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass - ISBN 9780199539079

ISBN13: 9780199539079

ISBN10: 0199539073

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 99

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Summary

''I was born in Tuckahoe. I have no accurate knowledge of my age, never having seen any authentic record containing it. By far the larger part of the slaves know as little of their ages as horses know of theirs, and it is the wish of most masters within my knowledge to keep their slaves thus ignorant.'' So begins the now-classic personal account of Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), who was born into slavery in Maryland and after his escape to Massachusetts in 1838 became an ardent abolitionist and campaigner for women's rights. His Narrative, which was an instant bestseller upon publication in 1845, relates his experience as a slave, the cruelty he suffered at the hands of his masters, his struggle to educate himself, and his fight for freedom. Written with much passion, and with no small degree of striking biblical imagery, the Narrative came to assume epic proportions as a fundamental anti-slavery text, an accessible record in which the author had carefully crafted both his life story and his persona. The introduction and notes for this new edition fully examine Douglass--the man and the myth--while also considering both his complex relationship with women and the enduring power of his autobiography. Other highlights include extracts from Douglass's primary sources and examples of his writing on women's rights.