Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave by Frederick Douglass


The autobiographical narrative of Frederick Douglass is as important an American biography that has been written. It is decidedly American in its themes of freedom and bettering ones place in life. It's literally the American Dream personified.
Published in 1845, this stirring record of slavery and the people who perpetrated it is touching, gallant, brave and extremely well written. The voice on paper is of an intelligent man clearly documenting and spearheading the abolitionist movement that sparked the American Civil War a mere 15 years after publication.
The work basically describes the every day life of a slave as experienced by Douglass. It's a brutal piece of literature. But a hopeful one too. I particularly found the passage when Douglass realizes that the pathway to freedom is through education to be thoughtful and relevant. When a kind slave owner taught Douglass his ABC's, he realized illiteracy is the real slave master.
I think modern America could learn something from Douglass's work. The words of this fearless and brilliant man are as poignant today as they ever were. Highly recommended.

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