Book Reviews of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave
Author: Frederick Douglass, Houston A. Baker
ISBN-13: 9780140390124
ISBN-10: 014039012X
Publication Date: 8/26/1982
Pages: 159
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 24 ratings
Publisher: Penguin Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Absolutely everyone should read this book at least once in their life. Race aside, this is the inspiring story of one man's efforts to make changes in the world beyond anything he could ever have believed as he started out.

If you have ever had the chance to walk some of the land on Maryland's eastern shore, where Douglass was born and raised, you'll appreciate even more where this man came from and where he finally ended up in his heroic life.
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Frederick Douglass tells of his life in plain language that illustrates the brutal nature of slavery. I found his narrative easy and enjoyable reading, though upsetting at times. The book is graphic at times about the violence Douglass and others experienced.
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From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up-This classic text in both American literature and American history is read by Pete Papageorge with deliberation and simplicity, allowing the author\'s words to bridge more than 160 years to today\'s listeners. Following a stirring preface by William Lloyd Garrison (who, nearly 20 years after he first met Douglass, would himself lead the black troops fighting from the North in the Civil War), the not-yet-30-year-old author recounts his life\'s story, showing effective and evocative use of language as well as unflinchingly examining many aspects of the Peculiar Institution of American Slavery. Douglass attributes his road to freedom as beginning with his being sent from the Maryland plantation of his birth to live in Baltimore as a young boy. There, he learned to read and, more importantly, learned the power of literacy. In early adolescence, he was returned to farm work, suffered abuse at the hands of cruel overseers, and witnessed abuse visited on fellow slaves. He shared his knowledge of reading with a secret \"Sunday school\" of 40 fellow slaves during his last years of bondage. In his early 20\'s, he ran away to the North and found refuge among New England abolitionists. Douglass, a reputed orator, combines concrete description of his circumstances with his own emerging analysis of slavery as a condition. This recording makes his rich work available to those who might feel encumbered by the printed page and belongs as an alternative in all school and public library collections.
Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Douglasss graphic depictions of slavery, harrowing escape to freedom, and life as newspaper editor, eloquent orator, and impassioned abolitionist.
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Wonderful story of the ture life of a slave.
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Following a stirring preface by William Lloyd Garrison (who, nearly 20 years after he first met Douglass, would himself lead the black troops fighting from the North in the Civil War), the not-yet-30-year-old author recounts his life's story, showing effective and evocative use of language as well as unflinchingly examining many aspects of the Peculiar Institution of American Slavery. Douglass attributes his road to freedom as beginning with his being sent from the Maryland plantation of his birth to live in Baltimore as a young boy. There, he learned to read and, more importantly, learned the power of literacy. In early adolescence, he was returned to farm work, suffered abuse at the hands of cruel overseers, and witnessed abuse visited on fellow slaves. He shared his knowledge of reading with a secret "Sunday school" of 40 fellow slaves during his last years of bondage. In his early 20's, he ran away to the North and found refuge among New England abolitionists. Douglass, a reputed orator, combines concrete description of his circumstances with his own emerging analysis of slavery as a condition.
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It was a very informative book on the lives of slaves in the past. I believe everyone should see what the lives were like for slaves and to see that people should treat everyone with respect and dignity.
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Published in 1845, this autobiography powerfully details the life of the internationally famous abolitionist Frederick Douglass from his birth into slavery in 1818 to his escape to the North in 1838.
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A true authobiography of triumph over adversity, and an exhortation to all for self-improvement.
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Beautiful narrative. Eloquent and easy to read.
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Firsthand account of the life of a slave. Excellent insights imparted to the reader.
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Very Interesting history of slavery and affect on Douglass in his youth and before his escape.
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Great, short read.
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A must read for every American. I sense his bitterness and anger at the institution of slavery and the duplicitousness of 'men' who participated vigorously in perpetuating it. I am awakened to the value of my freedom and how fragile it is.
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It is rare to find a well written book by an ex slave for the simple reason that they were forbidden to learn to read. Frederick Douglas is the shining exception. A highly gifted man he was noted both for his skill with the pen and his lectures throughout the North. His life story as written by himself will chill you to the bone.
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A must read for all Americans. Even this many years after the abolishment of slavery, the story of Frederick Douglass serves as an important reminder of the true meaning of freedom and the value of all human life.
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You read about it in Uncle Toms Cabin. That was toned down. This is reality. This book should be required reading for all high schools.
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One of the most important books in American literature!!!
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The story of a man born into bondage and sold repeatedly in the slave markets of the south. However, he taught himself to read and write and gave us this eloquent indictment of slavery.
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Thorough and interesting account of Frederick's life and legacy.
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Still using for a class I am taking.
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This book is absolutely moving, to people of any race. The idea that freedom is worth fighting for is portrayed in the account of his life.
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This eloquent and dramatic autobiography of the early life of an American slave was first published in 1845, when its author was about twenty-eight years old and had just achieved his freedom. A very impressive work.
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Eloquent and dramatic autobiography of the early life an American slave after achieving his freedom.Douglass became one of the first great leaders of Afro-Americans in the United States.