Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

byFrederick DouglassEditorDeborah E. McDowell

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'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 thusignorant.' Thus begins the autobiography 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 became an instant bestseller on publication in 1845, describeshis life as a slave, the cruelty he suffered at the hands of his masters, his struggle to educate himself and his fight for freedom. Passionately written, often using striking biblical imagery, the Narrative came to assume epic proportions as a founding anti-slavery text in which Douglass carefullycrafted both his life story and his persona. This new edition examines Douglass, the man and the myth, his complex relationship with women and the enduring power of his book. It includes extracts from Douglass's primary sources and examples of his writing on women's rights.

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Deborah E. McDowell is Professor of English at the University of Virginia.
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Title:Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American SlaveFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.02 inPublished:April 26, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199539073

ISBN - 13:9780199539079

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