Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave is an autobiography originally published in 1845. Written by famous orator and former slave Frederick Douglass, it is part memoir and part treatise on abolition. One of the most famous slave narratives, the book recounts his life, and his experiences of interactions between slaves and white slaveholders. Within a few months of it's publication, the book had sold five thousand copies, and by 1860 that had risen to thirty thousand. Douglass actually had to leave America after the book came out, for fear he might be recaptured by his owner. He went to Britain and Ireland, where supporters raised the money to purchase his emancipation. Reaction to the book wasn't all good - with some claiming that Douglass couldn't have wrote it because he was too uneducated. In fact, one of the main reasons he did write it, was to put forth his views on current slavery issues in a way that couldn't be shut down like they were when he spoke in public. It consists of eleven chapters and two introductions by well-known white abolitionists, William Lloyd Garrison, and Wendell Phillips.

This book has 40,852 words, 67 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1845.

Production notes: This ebook of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass was published by Global Grey on the 29th December 2021. The artwork used for the cover is 'The Captive Slave' by John Simpson.

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