Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is a pioneering account of one man’s journey from slavery to freedom. Douglass’s powerful autobiography was an instant bestseller upon publication in 1845 and played a fundamental role in the abolition of slavery, a movement that Douglass dedicated his life to.
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Born on a plantation in Maryland, Douglass was sent to Baltimore aged only seven. There, he had the rare opportunity to learn to read, which opened his eyes to the existence of the abolition movement. From then on, he was determined to escape, but first suffered at the hands of harsh masters, thwarted plans and deep-rooted racial prejudice before he saved up enough money to get to New York, where he finally freed himself from slavery.
About the Author
Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in Maryland, 1818. He was separated from his mother as a baby and lived with his grandmother up to the age of eight, when he was sent to live as a house servant, a field hand, and then a ship caulker. He escaped to New York in 1938 and seven years later published Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an autobiography of his life as a slave, which became an instant bestseller. Douglass rose to fame as a powerful orator and spent the rest of his life campaigning for equality. He became a national leader of the abolitionist movement, a consultant to Abraham Lincoln in the civil rights movement and a passionate supporter of the women’s rights movement. He died in 1895.