Escape from Slavery: The Boyhood of Frederick Douglass in His Own Words

by Frederick Douglass

Random House Children's Books | December 28, 1993 | Trade Paperback |

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Illus. in black-and-white. Opening note by Coretta Scott King. For the first time, the most important account ever written of a childhood in slavery is accessible to young readers. From his days as a young boy on a plantation to his first months as a freeman in Massachusetts, here are Douglass''s own firsthand experiences vividly recounted--expertly excerpted and powerfully illustrated.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 80 Pages, 6.3 × 8.66 × 0 in

Published: December 28, 1993

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0679846514

ISBN - 13: 9780679846512

Found in: People of Colour
Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Escape from Slavery: The Boyhood of Frederick Douglass in His Own Words

Escape from Slavery: The Boyhood of Frederick Douglass in His Own Words

by Frederick Douglass

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 80 Pages, 6.3 × 8.66 × 0 in

Published: December 28, 1993

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0679846514

ISBN - 13: 9780679846512

From the Publisher

Illus. in black-and-white. Opening note by Coretta Scott King. For the first time, the most important account ever written of a childhood in slavery is accessible to young readers. From his days as a young boy on a plantation to his first months as a freeman in Massachusetts, here are Douglass''s own firsthand experiences vividly recounted--expertly excerpted and powerfully illustrated.

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Illus. in black-and-white. Opening note by Coretta Scott King. For the first time, the most important account ever written of a childhood in slavery is accessible to young readers. From his days as a young boy on a plantation to his first months as a freeman in Massachusetts, here are Douglass''s own firsthand experiences vividly recounted--expertly excerpted and powerfully illustrated.

About the Author

Born a slave in Maryland in about 1817, Frederick Douglass never became accommodated to being held in bondage. He secretly learned to read, although slaves were prohibited from doing so. He fought back against a cruel slave-breaker and finally escaped to New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1838 at about the age of 21. Despite the danger of being sent back to his owner if discovered, Douglass became an agent and eloquent orator for the Massachusetts Antislavery Society. He lectured extensively in both England and the United States. As an ex-slave, his words had tremendous impact on his listeners. In 1845 Douglass wrote his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, which increased his fame. Concerned that he might be sent back to slavery, he went to Europe. He spent two years in England and Ireland speaking to antislavery groups. Douglass returned to the United States a free man and settled in Rochester, New York, where he founded a weekly newspaper, The North Star, in 1847. In the newspaper he wrote articles supporting the antislavery cause and the cause of human rights. He once wrote, "The lesson which [the American people] must learn, or neglect to do so at their own peril, is that Equal Manhood means Equal Rights, and further, that the American people must stand for each and all for each without respect to color or race." During the Civil War, Douglass worked for the Underground Railroad, the secret route of escape for slaves. He also helped recruit African-Ame
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150 years ago, Frederick Douglass detailed his feelings before his escape from slavery. Now for the first time, this searingly intimate portrait of a childhood in slavery is accessible to young readers. Douglass's own firsthand experiences are vividly recounted in powerful excerpts and illustrations. Foreword by Coretta Scott King

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"A book that belongs in every library."--(pointer) Kirkus.  

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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