"He is my friend." --Abraham Lincoln "He experienced...the tyranny and circumscription of an ambitious human being who was classified as real estate."--W.E.B. DuBois "This narrative contains many affecting incidents, many passages of great eloquence and power...Who can read [it], and be insensible to its pathos and sublimity?" --William Lloyd Garrison
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Douglass escaped slavery in 1838 and became a tireless campaigner for abolitionism. This autobiography lays bare the realities of slavery in antebellum America. The eloquence of Douglass' writing, with an immediacy and honesty found shocking at the time, make this an invaluable record of one of humanity's most shameful acts.
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