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Ll who remained voiceless through slavery and oppression His narrative resonates today with its elouence its incendiary history and its profound and moving arguments for the humanity and the euality of America Book Review I first read the biographical introduction about Frederick Douglass and learned many new things I knew he wrote a few autobiographies but I never knew that he spanned them over 40 years of writing and that he lived for close to 80 years I then read both the preface by Garrison and the letter to Douglas They were excellent introductions to the narrative by Frederick Douglass They set the mood and get you ready to experience a whole new set of emotions when you read Douglass Life of an American Slave etc It really prepares you for the glory in the words and language You realize how much Douglass meant to the enslaved people It also gives you an overwhelming sense of sullen melancholy You almost can t believe that something like this happened to Douglass It is very powerful and emotional Douglass work definitely is effective It moves the reader deeply All I can say about book 1 is that I was utterly repulsed by what I read How any person could do that to another human being because their skin is a different color is absolutely hideous I was so angry that I wanted to just scream out profanities to the slaveholders Douglass memory and description is so vivid I could see the apple red blood drip to the floor almost like it was an IV at times when he whipped her so much there was hardly any blood left I wonder though if this was an exaggeration Garrison claims that it isn t but it is so vile and disgusting that it can t be real Can it In Book 2 at least we learn that the slaves are treated a little better at times They go for a walk to the Great Farm House if they are a representative which gives them some time to themselves without the fear of a whipping They sing songs and have a little bit of fun at least although Frederick says that they never had any real joy with it not tears of joy or happiness I was so upset by this No joy and forced to go through all that they did It is horrible Also the rations they received were so minute I wonder how they ever survived In Book 3 The garden that was near the plantation was nice It would give the slaves something to look at except that it also tempted them to steal some fruit and vegetables which would result in severe punishing And all of this so far happened when Frederick was still just a child I often thought that it was just a game to see how many times they could whip a slave or get himher to do wrong It was almost as if they purposely set them up using spies etc To try and catch them in the act I think that is incredibly inhumane and awful If I have this many feelings about the narrative so far it just shoes how great an author Douglass is He is able to capture attention and make you yell out in angst against the evil masters and overseers By the end of Book 6 we learn that Douglass has learned how to read and write He has also learned what an abolitionist is He begins to see out into real life rather than the life of a slave He has been through several new masters some good and some bad Also during this time he tells the readers that it is better off to be dead than to be a black slave in 19th century America In later books we learn that it is especially horrible when you have been treated nicely as a slave and then you go to a plantation where they treat you despicably Douglass is extremely effective at showing his audience this Douglass also tells how he was shipped all over the place whenever his masters died or got tired of him I see how it becomes a game again I also see that maybe the slaves could be compared to the life of a nomad who has no one common place to stay Not an easy one to read but important to understand how bad the situation was Hearing about it or knowing of it is one thing Reading specifics is entirely another About Me For those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the whowhatwhenwhere and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by

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To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War Diversion Books is publishing seminal works of the era stories told by the men and women who led who fought and who lived in an America that had Time for a reread What I like about Douglass than anything else at all is his clear thinking on subject peoples He saw that the discrimination against blacks and women was from an identical stance That white men were imposing a structure of euality and entitlement that placed them at the top and everyone else far beneath them Indeed America s much lauded euality didn t apply to Blacks as they property not people It hasn t changed much in very many countries if not all but you can change the descriptive white to whichever group of men have ensured they are sitting at the top of the economic and social freedom tree But it is always menIn the UK where Douglass was on a speaking tour with William Wilberforce he emphasised that the emancipation of slavery had also to include that of women whose condition was also as owned property with few rights There is a uote I very much like I asked them why when they persecute men for religion or colour it was seen by the world as oppression and when they persecute women it was dismissed as tradition The Goodreads author Emer MartinThe real reason I am going to reread this book is this wonderful reviewI love the review on here that says This book was kind of hard to get into because of the high level words used in this book In the 21st century a grown adultproduct of the USA s educational system finds the vocabulary of a self taught 19th century slave beyond their comprehension seriously God Bless America

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Come apart at the seams One of the most important figures of the Civil War Frederick Douglass was born into slavery but rose to become a tremendous orator an impassioned abolitionist and a representative of a My copybook was the board fence brick wall and pavement my pen and ink was a lump of chalk With these I learned mainly how to writeAs with Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl I feel as though I should start by reiterating these simple truths about the narrative Yes Douglass did write this book himself No he was not against Christianity only a staunch opponent of hypocritical Christians No he did not promote hatred of man his hate was of slavery The hearth is desolate The children the unconscious children who once sang and danced in her presence are gone She gropes her way in the darkness of age for a drink of water Instead of the voices of her children she hears by day the moans of the dove and by night the screams of the hideous owl All is gloom The grave is at the door This is Douglass grandmother he speaks of the woman who after raising generations of her master s family after increasing her master s wealth by training generations of her family she is sent out into the woods in her old age to live her remaining years alone while her family is taken away from her and sold After all she is of no use to him nowThe I embrace slave narratives the I learn that the good ones always teach new things the big screen hasn t fully capitalized upon So this one again highlighted the horrific chaining and whipping of slave women who stirred jealousy within their slave owners but it goes a step further into showing how the wives of slave owners were also brutal murderers and slave beaters We don t see this highlighted too often just as we don t see this too often those black slave women given the separate concubine s houses in the country where the children were raised I tried to envision how a slave like Douglass could ever become close to a woman after viewing the treatment of his mother aunt and grandmother later his wife and daughter will die before he did How could generations of black families survive let alone thrive in such environments In that case why expect this narrative to be anything less than the brutally honest passionate indignant pathos that it is Douglass lived with siblings but didn t even see them as family always wanting to get away always seeking freedom always distrusting of others He saw education as his ticket out of slavery but once he became educated he realized how much of a burden it was I would at times feel that learning to read had been a curse rather than a blessing It had given me a view of my wretched condition without the remedyin moments of agony I envied my fellow slaves for their stupidity I have often wished myself a beastanything no matter what to get rid of thinking After the publication of this book he feared for this identity so he fled to Europe because of The Fugitive Slave Act still he spoke against slavery He didn t believe in revealing too many secrets of his escape at times even referring to how the underground railway had become the uppergroundrailway or of the abolitionists and teenage friends who helped educate him I read this years ago but once I started reading the language and tone lured me and kept me involved until the end To read this American classic and historical treasure I suggest the Barnes and Noble Classics Edition for the great notes and letters from abolitionists the time outline and scholarly introduction and notations


10 thoughts on “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

  1. says:

    Thank you Mr Douglassthis was a life changer for me You are a true American hero and the fact that there are not monuments government building

  2. says:

    Time for a reread What I like about Douglass than anything else at all is his clear thinking on subject peoples He saw that the discrimination against blacks and women was from an identical stance That white men were imposi

  3. says:

    Once you learn to read you will forever be free This is powerful so so powerful This is a remarkable achievement considering it is written in such a straight forward manner by a man who taught himself to read There is no embellishment or drama

  4. says:

    This book is not an important historical document to be placed in a glass case and venerated during Black History Month It should be read by all regardless of race or creed as a warning against prejudice and oppressionDouglass' description of t

  5. says:

    My copybook was the board fence brick wall and pavement; my pen and ink was a lump of chalk With these I learned mainly how to writeAs with Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl I feel as though I should start by reiterating these simple truths about the narrative Yes Douglass did write this book himself; No he was not against Christianity only a staunch opponent of hypocritical Christians; No he did not pro

  6. says:

    Powerful elouent and utterly moving especially considering it was written by a man who taught himself how to read and write while a slave The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass regrettably does not go into detail regarding the particulars of Douglass' escape to freedom Having written his memoirs while slavery was still ongoing he was afraid to reveal his methods for fear of endangering the lives of those who a

  7. says:

    Book Review I first read the biographical introduction about Frederick Douglass and learned many new things I knew he wrote a few autobiographies but I never knew that he spanned them over 40 years of writing and that he lived for close to 80 years I then read both the preface by Garrison and the letter to Douglas They we

  8. says:

    Excellent It’s an end in itself of course but I’m also reading as a kind of preface to Caryl Phillips’s Crossing the River Jesmyn Ward’s Sing Unburied Sing and as an afterword to David M Oshinsky’s Worse Than Slavery Parch

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    Thou shalt not kill Thou shalt not steal Thou shalt not bear false witness Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment it is briefly comprehended in this saying namely Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyselfBut he willing to justify himself said unto Jesus And who is my neighbourRom 139 Luke 1029This short intense painful powerful book shows us very clearly that the regime in American slaveholding farms in the 1

  10. says:

    What a powerful piece of writing this is Slavery is such an ugly part of American history and this narrative tells all of the ordeals that Frederick Douglass had to overcome including whippings beatings hunger tyrannical masters backbreaking labor and horrible living conditions Douglass was born in Maryland in 1818 but eve