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The standard list of the great names in American history — Franklin, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln — does not usually include the name of Frederick Douglass. Yet as this extraordinary autobiography reveals, his courage, intelligence, moral character, and remarkable accomplishments certainly should place him in the foremost ranks of great Americans.

This moving, eloquently told first-person account of a man who was born and raised as a slave, made two attempts at escape before reaching freedom, educated himself against all odds, and went on to become a leading abolitionist and spokesperson for African Americans should be essential reading for anyone who truly wants to understand American history. In many powerfully expressive and unforgettable scenes, Douglass provides a detailed, eye-opening description of his life, and that of slaves generally, in antebellum Maryland. Even after 150 years it is still a shocking, riveting depiction of one of the most abusive systems of human oppression ever conceived. Yet almost more impressive than Douglass?s gift for conveying the stark terrors and daily humiliations of slavery is his perceptive understanding of its demeaning effects on slaveholders and overseers as well as the enslaved. Here was a way of life that degraded both whites and blacks.

Douglass's description of his life after slavery is also full of interesting adventures and experiences: his participation in the antislavery movement, travel to Great Britain where he encountered a society largely devoid of the racism he was accustomed to in America, and his return to the United States to carry on the struggle for liberation of African Americans.

This unabridged 1855 edition also contains a new introduction by scholar of African American philosophy Bill E. Lawson, an appendix including extracts from speeches, and a fascinating letter Douglass wrote in his later years to his former master.

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Douglass (1817-1895) recounts his escape from slavery and life afterwards, and more generally describes the experience of slaves in antebellum Maryland. The complete 1855 edition is augmented with an introduction by Bill E. Lawson (philosophy, Michigan State U.) and appendices of speeches and letters.
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Synopsis:

Frederick Douglass provides a moving, eloquently told account of his life as a slave in antebellum Maryland. This unabridged 1855 edition also contains a new introduction by scholar of African American philosophy Bill E. Lawson, an appendix including extracts from speeches, and a fascinating letter Douglass wrote in his later years to his former master.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781591020066
Introduction:
Lawson, Bill E.
Editor:
Asante, Molefi Kete
Introduction by:
Lawson, Bill E.
Introduction:
Lawson, Bill E.
Editor:
Allen, Norm R., Jr.
Author:
Douglass, Frederick
Publisher:
Humanity Books
Location:
Amherst, N.Y.
Subject:
General
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
African American Studies - History
Subject:
Fugitive slaves
Subject:
Slaves
Subject:
Plantation life
Subject:
Antislavery movements
Subject:
Abolitionists
Subject:
African American abolitionists
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Antislavery movements -- United States.
Subject:
Abolitionists -- United States.
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
slavery;history;biography;autobiography;african american;non-fiction;memoir;frederick douglass;american history;civil war;abolition;race;19th century;abolitionism
Edition Number:
Unabridged ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Classics in Black Studies
Series Volume:
study no. 40
Publication Date:
20020731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
472
Dimensions:
8.42x5.54x1.41 in. 1.31 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Frederick Douglass provides a moving, eloquently told account of his life as a slave in antebellum Maryland. This unabridged 1855 edition also contains a new introduction by scholar of African American philosophy Bill E. Lawson, an appendix including extracts from speeches, and a fascinating letter Douglass wrote in his later years to his former master.
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