Narrative of the life of frederick douglass is an 1845 memoir and treatise on abolition written by famous orator and former slave frederick douglass it is generally held to be the most famous of a number of narratives written by former slaves during the same period. A narrative of the life of frederick douglass frederick douglass on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers frederick douglass was born an american slave in his teenage years he taught himself to read before long frederick was teaching his fellow slaves how to read the new testament this was not looked well uponthe beatings that followed nearly broke him. Douglasss narrative is like a highway map showing us the road from slavery to freedom at the beginning of the book douglass is a slave in both body and mind when the book ends he gets both his legal freedom and frees his mind and if the book is like a highway map then the mile markers are a series of epiphanies or moments of realization that he has along the way. Frederick douglasss narrative first published in 1845 is an enlightening and incendiary text born into slavery douglass became the preeminent spokesman for his people during his life his narrative is an unparalleled account of the dehumanizing effects of slavery and douglasss own triumph over it
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