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This review is from: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (Kindle Edition)
Frederick Douglass was an Afro American born into slavery roundabout 1818. This narrative was written by him and published in 1845 and tells the tale of his upbringing. He talks about his experiences as a slave and how he secretly learnt to read and write. He does not discuss his escape because he did not want to give any information about the escape routes to his enemies. However, he does talk about how after he made his way to North America of how he became a leading light in the anti-slave movement. He was also a very strong supporter of women's rights and the rights of Native Americans. What I found so impressive about this man is that he was brought up in a world where he was seen as not much more than a domestic animal, yet even while a slave he possessed the intelligence and awareness to not only understand the process of conditioning he was being put through, but also the negative and dehumanizing effects that slavery had upon not only the slave owners but also the whole of the Southern States of America. This narrative also opened the door for other slave narratives to be published, which eventually lead on to the depth of really great Afro American literature we have today.
It took me a few pages to get use to the old fashioned flowery style of writing, but once I did I found this book a really inspiring.