FREE READ Å Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass


Narrative of the Life of Frederick DouglassBorn a slave in 1818 on a plantation in Maryland Douglass taught himself to read and write In 1845 seven years after escaping to the North he published Narrative the first of three autobiographies This book calmly but dramatically recounts the horrors and the accomplishments. Thank you Mr Douglassthis was a life changer for me You are a true American hero and the fact that there are not monuments government buildings holidays or other commemorations of your life seems to me an oversight of epic proportions How often is it that you can honestly say that you’ll never be the same after reading a book Well this life story of a singular individual has changed meirrevocably I will never be able to sufficiently express my gratitude to Mr Douglass for that extraordinary gift of insight I’m just not sure how to properly express how deeply this story impacted me both with its content and its delivery Impressive seems such a shallow word I guess I will call it a uniue and special experience and simply state that this autobiography has been added to my list of All Time Favorites Being a fan of history in general and American history in particular I was somewhat familiar with Frederick Douglass and his reputation for being a great orator and a tireless opponent of slavery However this is the first time I’ve actually read any of his writings and I was blown away utterly by the intellect character and strength of this American hero And make no mistake this man was a HERO in every sense of the word I can imagine few people in a generation with the combination of intelligence strength of character sense of morality charity and indomitable will as Frederick Douglass Here is a man who as a slave with little or no free time to himself spent every spare moment he had teaching himself to read and write Think about that In a very telling passage Douglass says that he knew how important it was to educate himself because of how vehemently his master was opposed to it I’m paraphrasing but his message was ‘What my master saw as the greatest evil I knew to be a perfect good’ Such determination and clarity of thought boggles the mind Rarely have a come across a person whose moral fiber I admire John Adams being the other historical figure that jumps to mind On the issue of slavery itself I am resolved that there could be no better description of the horrendous evil of slavery than this book I previously read Uncle Tom's Cabin and while an important novel that story had nowhere near the effect on me that this one did Again thank you Mr Douglass While there are many aspects of the narrative that are worthy of note the uality of prose the excellent balance between details and pace and the fascinating events described the most memorably impressive thing to me was the tone used by Frederick Douglass to describe his life and the people he came in contact with during his time both as a slave and after securing his freedom Despite having seen and personally endured staggering brutality at the hands of white slave owners Douglass never NEVER comes across as bitter or hate filled towards all white people Had I been in his position I am not sure I could have been so charitable with my outlook He speaks frankly and in stark terms about the evil and brutality suffered by himself and his fellow slaves He sees great wrong and he confronts it boldly with his writing However he never generalizes people beyond his indictment of slavery and slave holders He doesn’t stereotype or extend his anger beyond those whom he rightfully condemns That is a person of great strength and even greater charity The dignity of the man is humbling to behold After finishing this inspirational never be the same autobiography Frederick Douglass has joined my pantheon of American heroes right along side George Washington and John Adams I plan to read further works by Douglass and can not strenuously urge others to do the same 60 stars HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION

FREE DOWNLOAD Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

FREE READ Å Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Ú Born a slave in 1818 on a plantation in Maryland Douglass taught himself to read and write In 1845 seven years after escaping to the North he published Narrative the first of three autobiographies This book calmly but dramatically recounts the horrors and the accomplisCtivist and an elouent spokesperson for the civil rights of African Americans He lived through the Civil War the end of slavery and the beginning of segregation He was celebrated internationally as the leading black intellectual of his day and his story still resonates in our. Excellent It’s an end in itself of course but I’m also reading as a kind of preface to Caryl Phillips’s Crossing the River Jesmyn Ward’s Sing Unburied Sing and as an afterword to David M Oshinsky’s Worse Than Slavery Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice The writing is marvelous On to My Bondage and My Freedom

Frederick Douglass ß 1 FREE READ

Of his early years the daily casual brutality of the white masters; his painful efforts to educate himself; his decision to find freedom or die; and his harrowing but successful escapeAn astonishing orator and a skillful writer Douglass became a newspaper editor a political a. My copybook was the board fence brick wall and pavement; my pen and ink was a lump of chalk With these I learned mainly how to writeAs with Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl I feel as though I should start by reiterating these simple truths about the narrative Yes Douglass did write this book himself; No he was not against Christianity only a staunch opponent of hypocritical Christians; No he did not promote hatred of man his hate was of slavery The hearth is desolate The children the unconscious children who once sang and danced in her presence are gone She gropes her way in the darkness of age for a drink of water Instead of the voices of her children she hears by day the moans of the dove and by night the screams of the hideous owl All is gloom The grave is at the door This is Douglass' grandmother he speaks of the woman who after raising generations of her master's family after increasing her master's wealth by training generations of her family she is sent out into the woods in her old age to live her remaining years alone while her family is taken away from her and sold After all she is of no use to him nowThe I embrace slave narratives the I learn that the good ones always teach new things the big screen hasn't fully capitalized upon So this one again highlighted the horrific chaining and whipping of slave women who stirred jealousy within their slave owners but it goes a step further into showing how the wives of slave owners were also brutal murderers and slave beaters We don't see this highlighted too often just as we don't see this too often those black slave women given the separate concubine's houses in the country where the children were raised I tried to envision how a slave like Douglass could ever become close to a woman after viewing the treatment of his mother aunt and grandmother later his wife and daughter will die before he did How could generations of black families survive let alone thrive in such environments In that case why expect this narrative to be anything less than the brutally honest passionate indignant pathos that it is Douglass lived with siblings but didn't even see them as family always wanting to get away always seeking freedom always distrusting of others He saw education as his ticket out of slavery but once he became educated he realized how much of a burden it was I would at times feel that learning to read had been a curse rather than a blessing It had given me a view of my wretched condition without the remedyin moments of agony I envied my fellow slaves for their stupidity I have often wished myself a beastanything no matter what to get rid of thinking After the publication of this book he feared for this identity so he fled to Europe because of The Fugitive Slave Act; still he spoke against slavery He didn't believe in revealing too many secrets of his escape at times even referring to how the underground railway had become the uppergroundrailway or of the abolitionists and teenage friends who helped educate him I read this years ago but once I started reading the language and tone lured me and kept me involved until the end To read this American classic and historical treasure I suggest the Barnes and Noble Classics Edition for the great notes and letters from abolitionists the time outline and scholarly introduction and notations