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Time for a reread What I like about Douglass than anything else at all is his clear thinking on subject peoples He saw that the discrimination against blacks and women was from an identical stance That white men were imposing a structure of equality and entitlement that placed them at the top, and everyone else far beneath them Indeed America s much lauded equality didn t apply to Blacks as they property not people It hasn t changed much in very many countries, if not all, but you can change the descriptive white to whichever group of men have ensured they are sitting at the top of the economic and social freedom tree But it is always men.In the UK, where Douglass was on a speaking tour with William Wilberforce, he emphasised that the emancipation of slavery had also to include that of women whose condition was also as owned property with few rights There is a quote I very much like I asked them why when they persecute men, for religion or colour it was seen by the world as oppression and when they persecute women, it was dismissed as tradition The Goodreads author, Emer MartinThe real reason I am going to reread this book is this wonderful review, I love the review on here that says, This book was kind of hard to get into because of the high level words used in this book In the 21st century a grown adult product of the USA s educational system finds the vocabulary of a self taught 19th century slave beyond their comprehension, seriously God Bless America. 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 write As 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 now.The 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 remedy in moments of agony, I envied my fellow slaves for their stupidity I have often wished myself a beast anything, 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. Once you learn to read you will forever be free This is powerful, so, so powerful This is a remarkable achievement considering it is written in such a straight forward manner by a man who taught himself to read There is no embellishment or dramatic imagery here it is simple, straightforward, harrowing, fact It is such a strong narrative that I m extremely glad I read I recommend it to everyone Moreover, to emphasise the sheer depravity, and brutality, these slaves were subjected to, the forward of the book suggests that Douglas had it easy It was written by a close friend of his who argues that in comparison with other tales of slavery, Douglas s subjugation was mild and not too bad This, in itself, speaks volumes because this narrative relays an awful series of events It does make you wonder what awfulness the others contained if this is considered a lesser form of evil treatment Douglass had an awful childhoodI do not recollect of every seeing my mother by the light of day She was with me in the night She would lie down with me, and get me to sleep, but long before I waked she was goneFrom a very young age he had no sense of closeness with anyone He was separated from his mother at the incredibly young age of ten months When his mother later dies, he simply doesn t care He s not formed a lasting bond with her, so her demise is like the passing of a stranger she means nothing to him They didn t have enough time together for Douglass to have conceptualised who this person was to him Indeed, he has very little conception of the world outside his slavery He doesn t fully conceive the harshness he is enduring until he is into his early teens To his mind one of the overseers is a good man because he takes no pleasure in the whippings he exacts In his later life he does fully realise how he s been controlled and forced to think certain things, but at the time he just wasn t ware of the full extent of his situation He doesn t even know his own age The slavers loved to keep their chattel in ignorance, so they d work harder and have fewer dreams of freedom If they don t have the knowledge, then they cannot question their masters However, Douglass became wise to his enforced ignorance he quickly learnt that his path to freedom resided in his education So, after a few brief lessons with a kind, and temporary, mistress he set about learning how to read in any way he could he learnt from dockworkers and poor white children, and began to see a route to liberty through his increasing knowledge of the world In this respect, his friend was right about the mildness of Douglass s treatment At this point in his life, he only witnessed barbarity rather than being subjugated to it In this he was lucky, but that luck was to quickly run out As he grew older his learning opportunities dwindled, as did his hope He was contracted out to a brute of an owner who was the very image of a sadist slaver.His new master was terrible and vicious He almost broke Douglass, but his strength of will bounced back and managed to keep him on his feet He learnt to strike back with such vigour that his master, who had a reputation for breaking unruly slaves, actually began to fear Douglass He quickly got rid of him, and fortune sent him into the hands of a former, and gentler, master Luck was in his favour again It seems rather ironic to speak of a slave as having such luck, but when considering that very few successfully escaped their bonds it becomes clear that Douglass had a very fortunate opportunity in front of him In truth, very few were allowed such liberty, and in the process presented with a narrow window of escape, which Douglass quickly leapt through It took him many years to achieve every slave s dream, but he got there nonetheless This is such an interesting narrative it is frank, clear and powerful There are no literary embellishments here Instead, Douglass provides you with the harsh, and straightforward, truth of his life The quote I placed at the start of the review says it all for me, it s also one of my favourite quotes altogether in literature, after reading this it made really appreciate the importance of reading in this world. This book is not an important historical document to be placed in a glass case and venerated during Black History Month It should be read by all, regardless of race or creed, as a warning against prejudice and oppression.Douglass description of the cruel conditions of slavery is mind searing His analysis of the system which fostered and condoned it shows amazing depth He shows that slavery made wretched the lives of the victims but that it also warped the perpetrators, and created a regime in which people were afraid to object to injustice That a man could rise from such abject conditions, get an education, and not only share his knowledge with others but become a guiding star of the abolitionist movement is remarkable That he could be a good Christian and remain untainted by racial prejudice is a testament to his greatness of soul. Book ReviewI first read the biographical introduction about Frederick Douglass and learned many new things I knew he wrote a few autobiographies, but I never knew that he spanned them over 40 years of writing and that he lived for close to 80 years I then read both the preface by Garrison and the letter to Douglas They were excellent introductions to the narrative by Frederick Douglass They set the mood and get you ready to experience a whole new set of emotions when you read Douglass Life of an American Slave, etc It really prepares you for the glory in the words and language You realize how much Douglass meant to the enslaved people It also gives you an overwhelming sense of sullen melancholy You almost can t believe that something like this happened to Douglass It is very powerful and emotional Douglass work definitely is effective It moves the reader deeply All I can say about book 1 is that I was utterly repulsed by what I read How any person could do that to another human being because their skin is a different color is absolutely hideous I was so angry that I wanted to just scream out profanities to the slaveholders Douglass memory and description is so vivid I could see the apple red blood drip to the floor almost like it was an IV at times when he whipped her so much there was hardly any blood left I wonder though if this was an exaggeration Garrison claims that it isn t, but it is so vile and disgusting that it can t be real Can it In Book 2, at least we learn that the slaves are treated a little better at times They go for a walk to the Great Farm House if they are a representative which gives them some time to themselves without the fear of a whipping They sing songs and have a little bit of fun at least although Frederick says that they never had any real joy with it, not tears of joy or happiness I was so upset by this No joy and forced to go through all that they did It is horrible Also, the rations they received were so minute I wonder how they ever survived In Book 3 The garden that was near the plantation was nice It would give the slaves something to look at, except that it also tempted them to steal some fruit and vegetables, which would result in severe punishing And all of this so far, happened when Frederick was still just a child I often thought that it was just a game to see how many times they could whip a slave or get him her to do wrong It was almost as if they purposely set them up using spies, etc To try and catch them in the act I think that is incredibly inhumane and awful If I have this many feelings about the narrative so far, it just shoes how great an author Douglass is He is able to capture attention and make you yell out in angst against the evil masters and overseers By the end of Book 6, we learn that Douglass has learned how to read and write He has also learned what an abolitionist is He begins to see out into real life, rather than the life of a slave He has been through several new masters, some good and some bad Also, during this time, he tells the readers that it is better off to be dead than to be a black slave in 19th century America In later books we learn that it is especially horrible when you have been treated nicely as a slave and then you go to a plantation where they treat you despicably Douglass is extremely effective at showing his audience this Douglass also tells how he was shipped all over the place whenever his masters died or got tired of him I see how it becomes a game again I also see that maybe the slaves could be compared to the life of a nomad who has no one common place to stay Not an easy one to read, but important to understand how bad the situation was Hearing about it or knowing of it is one thing Reading specifics is entirely anotherAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by. Powerful, eloquent and utterly moving, especially considering it was written by a man who taught himself how to read and write while a slave The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass regrettably does not go into detail regarding the particulars of Douglass escape to freedom Having written his memoirs while slavery was still ongoing, he was afraid to reveal his methods for fear of endangering the lives of those who assisted him, as well as potentially shutting down an avenue of escape for other slaves after him The reader must respect that and be satisfied with his well articulated descriptions of life in the south while serving under white masters. An Alternate Cover Edition Of This ISBN Can Be Found HereFormer Slave, Impassioned Abolitionist, Brilliant Writer, Newspaper Editor And Eloquent Orator Whose Speeches Fired The Abolitionist Cause, Frederick Douglass Led An Astounding Life Physical Abuse, Deprivation And Tragedy Plagued His Early Years, Yet Through Sheer Force Of Character He Was Able To Overcome These Obstacles To Become A Leading Spokesman For His PeopleIn This, The First And Most Frequently Read Of His Three Autobiographies, Douglass Provides Graphic Descriptions Of His Childhood And Horrifying Experiences As A Slave As Well As A Harrowing Record Of His Dramatic Escape To The North And Eventual FreedomPublished In To Quell Doubts About His Origins Since Few Slaves Of That Period Could Write The Narrative Is Admired Today For Its Extraordinary Passion, Sensitive And Vivid Descriptions And Storytelling Power It Belongs In The Library Of Anyone Interested In African American History And The Life Of One Of The Country S Most Courageous And Influential Champions Of Civil Rights A Selection Of The Common Core State Standards Initiative What a powerful piece of writing this is Slavery is such an ugly part of American history, and this narrative tells all of the ordeals that Frederick Douglass had to overcome, including whippings, beatings, hunger, tyrannical masters, backbreaking labor, and horrible living conditions Douglass was born in Maryland in 1818, but even that year is a guess because slaves were generally not allowed to know their birthdate He knew little of his mother because the master sent her away, and then she died while Douglass was still a child It was whispered that his father was the master, but he had no way of knowing for certain.There are some horrifying stories in this narrative But there is also inspiration, because we know Douglass was able to escape and live freely My favorite part was when Douglass explained how he learned to read and write after he was shipped off to a master s house in Balti He was very clever and had to learn in secret, because his master had said that slaves shouldn t learn to read because it would make them miserable and unmanageable But Douglass couldn t stand the thought of being a slave for life, and he knew he had to learn to read if he wanted to run away The plan which I adopted, and the one by which I was most successful, was that of making friends of all the little white boys whom I met in the street As many of these as I could, I converted into teachers With their kindly aid, obtained at different times and in different places, I finally succeeded in learning to read When I was sent on errands, I always took my book with me, and by going one part of my errand quickly, I found time to get a lesson before my return I used also to carry bread with me This bread I used to bestow upon the hungry little urchins, who, in return, would give me that valuable bread of knowledge However, when Douglass read newspaper articles about slavery or about the abolitionist movement, he became even upset The I read, the I was led to abhor and detest my enslavers I could regard them in no other light than a band of successful robbers, who had left their homes, and gone to Africa, and stolen us from our homes, and in a strange land reduced us to slavery I loathed them as the meanest as well as the most wicked of men As I read and contemplated the subject, behold that very discontentment which Master Hugh had predicted would follow my learning to read had already come, to torment and sting my soul to unutterable anguish As I writhed under it, 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 remedy It opened my eyes to the horrible pit, but to no ladder upon which to get out In moments of agony, I envied my fellow slaves for their stupidity I have often wished myself a beast Fortunately, Douglass had a plan to escape, and he was able to flee his master s home in Balti and make it to New York, which was a free state He was able to marry and became a passionate advocate for abolition I highly recommend this narrative.Memorable Quotes I have often been utterly astonished, since I came to the north, to find persons who could speak of the singing, among slaves, as evidence of their contentment and happiness It is impossible to conceive of a greater mistake Slaves sing most when they are most unhappy The songs of the slave represent the sorrows of his heart and he is relieved by them, only as an aching heart is relieved by its tears At least, such is my experience I have often sung to drown my sorrow, but seldom to express my happiness Crying for joy, and singing for joy, were alike uncommon to me while in the jaws of slavery The singing of a man cast away upon a desolate island might be as appropriately considered as evidence of contentment and happiness, as the singing of a slave the songs of the one and of the other are prompted by the same emotion On masters who profess to be good Christians I assert most unhesitatingly, that the religion of the south is a mere covering for the most horrid crimes a justifier of the most appalling barbarity a sanctifier of the most hateful frauds and a dark shelter under, which the darkest, foulest, grossest and most infernal deeds of slaveholders find the strongest protection Were I to be again reduced to the chains of slavery, next to that enslavement, I should regard being the slave of a religious master the greatest calamity that could befall me For of all slaveholders with whom I have ever met, religious slaveholders are the worst I have ever found them the meanest and basest, the most cruel and cowardly, of all others. 4.5 5Unlike many on this site, if one may judge from the reviews and most popular tags of this work, I did not encounter this in school This is unfortunate, as exposure to this at a younger age may have made my frame of references less solidified, Moby Dick over here and slavery narratives of there and all the usual sorts of aborted cross reference and false literary linearity These days, I am not as suspect to being fenced in by required reading in academia, but there are some still some sickening traces of surprise at how a specific author was writing at a certain time that really does need to be gotten over If there s one thing I learned from my concurrent reading of Dhalgren, it s that I have a very restricted view of how writing of quality comes to be that, ultimately, is very harmful indeed.So, what constituted that elitist surprise On the whole, it was the matter of how this read very much like a psychological bildungsroman with a wonderful sense of prose and a swift and easy manner of outer description and inner self Frederick Douglass not only had a keen interest in presenting his own life, but also in how slavery continues to work itself into the framework of society and its social animals The result is a piece which, if any white person at the time had wanted to write in a similar vein, would be comparable to a memoir that continually focused on the effects of US conceptual freedom on the memoirist s growth to maturity While there s probably a few out there that come close to the mark you can t step into the surface knowledge of the 1800 s without squashing a few dozen names of physiognomic worth and solipsistic character , it s doubtful any achieve a comparable moral imperative Being the person I am, that manner of thematic engagement matters a lot, so deal.That does it for the general level On the specific level, passages of note include Douglass analyses of holidays in lands of legalized slavery, his imbibed assumption that a society could not be well off without the overt systematic owning of human beings, and his scorn for, in his words, the upperground railroad or, Liberal White People Fucking Over Others With Help Since 1845 He remains as eloquent throughout this face palm as he does in his fervent condemnation of the machine that controlled his upbringing, which reads well so long as once doesn t prescribe it in a fit of respectability politics to those who continue his efforts today Things have changed since Douglass day, and protests of a different nature are required for making this modern day public squirm. This is a very brief first volume of a three volume autobiography It is moving, powerful and horrific portrait of slavery in one of the so called humane slave states in the 1820s and 1830s It is an important historical document, but is also much than that published in 1845 it opened a window for the general public in the north who knew little about the inner workings of slavery Douglass does not know his birthday, who his father was and was separated from his mother very early in life this was usual He describes the brutality, whippings, the deaths of other slaves and the attitudes of various owners Some are crueller than others in general the most pious and religious were the worst, especially when it came to whipping Douglass does not describe how he escaped as this was written before slavery was abolished and he did not want to give slave holders information which might prejudice the escape of others This is a book that demands to be read it is passionate and eloquent It really should be better known here in the UK and ought to be mandatory reading in any serious study of slavery and racism It is interesting to look at the history of the time and the reactions of slave owners to Douglass s book The rest of Douglass s life is fascinating as is his political career he was also a noteworthy supporter of women s rights In this denial of the right to participate in government, not merely the degradation of woman and the perpetuation of a great injustice happens, but the maiming and repudiation of one half of the moral and intellectual power of the government of the world Highly recommended.