"Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass" is a memoir on abolition written by Frederick Douglass. It is held to be the most famous of a number of narratives written by former slaves during the 19th century. In factual detail, the text describes the events of his life and is considered to be one of the most influential pieces of literature to fuel the abolitionist movement of the early 19th century in the United States. Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writings.
"The Slaves" is nothing but Frederick Douglass's groundbreaking autobiography and his first book "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, written by Himself". We have renamed the title here as "The Slaves" to keep the title short as well as to establish that Frederick Douglass is no longer a name of a particular slave born in nineteenth-century America, but a name that represents slaves of the entire world and of all time. Even though, we do not wish anyone to be born into slavery anymore like Frederick was, we have taken him as a symbol of all the slaves as a wish that all who are still in slavery may have the spirit of Frederick Douglass and fight their ways to the freedom and work to free other slaves to make the slavery history. The life of Frederick, is in one way or another, is the lives of all other slaves. Hence, we have named this version of his book "The Slaves".
This important volume explores the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass through the lens of slavery. Coverage includes an examination of Frederick Douglass' life and influences, a look at the portrayal of slavery in the Narrative, including religion and slavery's impact on the family and identity, and a selection of contemporary thought on slavery, such as agricultural slavery, labor exploitation, and sex slaves.
This is a book that should be on the reading list of every course on American history or literature...with its excellent notes, bibliography and appendices, this supersedes other versions available in paperback.' Adam Lively, Times Educational Supplement This new edition of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is the first prepared especially for American history courses. David W. Blight's extensive introduction and the related materials he provides place the Narrative in both its historical and literary contexts. The book also includes a chronology of Douglass's life, a bibliography, questions for consideration, illustrations, and an index. 'David Blight's introduction to the Narrative provides a rich path into Frederick Douglass's own wonderful story'. William S. McFeely, author of Frederick Douglass.
Former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass tells his incredible, painful story of going from a slave to a free man and eventually an abolitionist leader. The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave is widely considered to be the most significant work to have been written by a former slave. This memoir, first published in 1845 set the tone for the American abolitionist movement. Within four months of its publication, more than five thousand copies had made their ways into the hands of the American people. Part of what made this memoir so key, was that it not only described Douglass' life as a slave, but it also reveals his tremendous journey to becoming a free man. Douglass would go on to become a leader in the abolitionist movement with his future anti-slavery writings. Key reading for sociologists and historians this elegantly designed clothbound edition features an elastic closure and a new introduction by Eric A. Hairston.
The Heroic Slave was Frederick Douglass' only piece of fiction. He wrote it in response to the Rochester Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society's request for a submission to be included in their anthology Autographs for Freedom. The Heroic Slave is a retelling of an actual rebellion led by Madison Washington on the slave ship Creole. Douglass shows how the rebellion is part of a revolution and therefore fundamentally American.