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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, Written by Himself

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This dramatic autobiography of the great 19th-century black leader and abolitionist is available on 4 CDs. "This classic text in both American ... Show synopsis

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ARRESTING and ROUSING!

by thebookwormalex on Nov 14, 2010

This book is an excellent work. The former slave Frederick Douglass narrates his life story and shows us emotionally the cruelty of the slavery in America and turns effectively the reader into an abolitionist. The hatred in me, built by the narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, grew bigger and bigger against the slaveholders and was intensified by his writing abilities. During the narrative, you can feel every single whip on your own back and the pain when a relationship was broken by the slaveholders. Frederick Douglass was born as a slave and should die as a slave. But the thought to be a slave the whole life build in him the rebellious man. Already in childhood Frederick Douglass experienced the barbarity and cruelty of the slaveholder. They treated slaves as animals, worse than animals. Frederick Douglass cleared me up, how the situation for an American slave was in the era of slavery. Sold to another master to avoid unnecessary burden for the other slave, Frederick Douglass met the first kind and human white woman. All of the other white people were so cruel and bad that this woman, his mistress, made him feel good. She taught him reading and writing, but her husband destroyed this relation between them. The white people knew that those abilities could make the slaves clearing up the situation. They would protest against the slavery and rope in other slaves. Frederick Douglass already learned to read and so, the little abolitionist in him was born. The time went on and Frederick Douglass was sold many times, was whipped many times, and experienced the barbarity on his own body. He met the most barbarous slaveholder, his Master Reverent Covey, called a nigger-breaker. While Frederick lived by Master Covey, he taught other slaves reading and writing to inspire in them the abolitionists. Together with them his first effort to escape failed and Frederick was separated from them. He was declared for unmanageable. Again by his kind mistress he experienced a breath of freedom. And like the adage says, when you give someone a finger, he takes the whole hand, Frederick Douglass soon escaped successful to the free north and met other former slaves and joined the anti-slavery society. Frederick Douglass reached his freedom. But he didnīt give up fighting against the slavery. With many speeches in big audiences, Frederick Douglass tried to help his brothers in the south who are living still in slavery. In my opinion, with this book he did a big step against the slavery. He persuaded me successfully and made me hate the slavery. Like Frederick, I asked myself why these slaveholders are called Christians. They prayed and whipped at the same time. This doesnīt make sense. They shouldnīt be allowed to be called Christians. So, this great book from such a great man is one full of hatred, feelings and historic events. This is the only book which made me feel so intensively during the reading. Frederick Douglass earned my respect!

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