Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 26 Mar 2009
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A huge amount is packed into a slim volume. If you'd like to know more about Frederick Douglass, this is an excellent place to start. (Vulpes Libris)
'I was born in Tuckahoe I have no accurate knowledge of my age, never having seen any authentic record containing it. By far the larger part of the slaves know as little of their ages as horses know of theirs, and it is the wish of most masters within my knowledge to keep their slaves thus ignorant.' Thus begins the autobiography of Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) who was born into slavery in Maryland and after his escape to Massachusetts in 1838 became an ardent abolitionist and campaigner for women's rights. His Narrative, which became an instant bestseller on publication in 1845, describes his life as a slave, the cruelty he suffered at the hands of his masters, his struggle to educate himself and his fight for freedom. Passionately written, often using striking biblical imagery, the Narrative came to assume epic proportions as a founding anti-slavery text in which Douglass carefully crafted both his life story and his persona. This new edition examines Douglass, the man and the myth, his complex relationship with women and the enduring power of his book. It includes extracts from Douglass's primary sources and examples of his writing on women's rights.
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The life that this young lady had as a slave is quite terrible and the treatment of her can only be described as appalling, yet at the same time it makes it clear that compared to most slaves the life that she had and her treatment was quite good, many of the incidents she retells about other slaves are just too shocking for words.
One of the most shocking things I got from the book was that most of the slave owners actually thought that what they where doing and the way they kept and treated slaves, including killing, torturing and raping them was completely acceptable, simply due to the fact that as slave owners they where white and the slaves where not, the book shows that this sort of treatment was not the exception from one or two 'bad' slave owners but was in fact considered to be quite normal and acceptable by a large proportion of the population. At the same time though it must not be forgotten that there where many white people in the Southern states who did all they could to help this young woman and other slaves either hide or flee to the north. It all so gives some indication of the norths involvement in slavery, which until reading this I had not realised. This book really brings alive and brings home one of the saddest periods in US history and also the history of those countries who supplied the slaves.
This book is quite shocking in places, both in the incidents it tells and also in the language it uses. The language it uses is that of the time, and as such uses many words to describe the slaves that are quite offensive and rightly not at all acceptable today.
This is a book that should be read, but be prepared to be shocked and moved.
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