Life and Times of Frederick Douglass

Life and Times of Frederick Douglass Raised as a plantation slave Douglass went on to become a writer orator and major participant in the struggle for African American freedom and equality In this engrossing narrative he recounts earl

Raised as a plantation slave, Douglass went on to become a writer, orator, and major participant in the struggle for African American freedom and equality In this engrossing narrative he recounts early years of abuse his dramatic escape to the North and eventual freedom, abolitionist campaigns, and his crusade for full civil rights for former slaves.

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  1. Frederick Douglass n e Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was born a slave in the state of Maryland in 1818 After his escape from slavery, Douglass became a renowned abolitionist, editor and feminist Having escaped from slavery at age 20, he took the name Frederick Douglass for himself and became an advocate of abolition Douglass traveled widely, and often perilously, to lecture against slavery His first of three autobiographies, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave, was published in 1845 In 1847 he moved to Rochester, New York, and started working with fellow abolitionist Martin R Delany to publish a weekly anti slavery newspaper, North Star Douglass was the only man to speak in favor of Elizabeth Cady Stanton s controversial plank of woman suffrage at the first women s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848 As a signer of the Declaration of Sentiments, Douglass also promoted woman suffrage in his North Star Douglass and Stanton remained lifelong friends In 1870 Douglass launched The New National Era out of Washington, D.C He was nominated for vice president by the Equal Rights Party to run with Victoria Woodhull as presidential candidate in 1872 He became U.S marshal of the District of Columbia in 1877, and was later appointed minister resident and consul general to Haiti His District of Columbia home is a national historic site D 1895.More enpedia wiki Fredericpbs wgbh aia part4 4p1history.uh exhiloc collection frederis frdo indexmcrs museum exhibits

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  1. Considering the slave Frederick Douglass was never allowed to set foot in a school, the exact and proper prose in this incredible story demonstrates the depth of his self education He learned to read on the sly, having been illegally taught the alphabet by a kindly master s wife Douglass s story includes humane masters as well as an incredibly cruel one The drudgery of daily slave life and the horror of whippings come through vividly in this biography that starts in Maryland Douglass eventually [...]

  2. The Life and Times of Fredrick Douglass is at once a fascinating journey back to a pivotal time in American history, a chronicle of the practical indignities of American racial oppression and an enduring monument to the constancy of human dignity Douglass was a remarkable man whose life is worthy of exploration Born into slavery, he endured its humiliations for almost twenty years Yet as a young man, he grew indignant over the notion that he was less than anyone else and, over time, slowly summo [...]

  3. To say that I have been inspired by Frederick Douglass is an understatement He was a man of grace, grit, integrity, intelligence, wisdom, honor, compassion, humility and tenacity My favorite parts of the book was his conversion to Christ on page 69, the effects of slavery on his body, soul, and spirit on page 104, his friendship and influence with President Lincoln, his inspiring words to the black soldiers enlisted in the Union Army on page 329, and his reunion with his old master Captain Auld [...]

  4. The Life of Frederick Douglas is a book that anyone should read This man lived such a life of despair and struggle and is able to show gratitude to the few people in his life that helped him He creates very detailed scenes of his experiences without using much emotion Readers are then able to create their own emotions toward the text Douglas doesn t need to use pathos thoughout much of his autobiography due to the brutal facts of situations he has been through His journey out of slavery is very [...]

  5. The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass Written by Himself by Frederick Douglass is an outstanding autobiography of the former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass is a larger than life figure and one of the most important leaders of the 19th Century United States I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in U.S history or slavery I hope to expand this review in the future when time permits Rating 5 out of 5 stars Notes Audiobook Narrated by Richard Allen Length 21 hours and 35 min [...]

  6. This book was utterly engrossing, even as an old audio edition I haven t read a real page turner in awhile, but this was exactly that for me I didn t expect a book this old to be so utterly engaging, but I found myself relating so well to Frederick Douglass not truly understanding his struggles, obviously, but relating to the feelings behind them his outrage at injustice and determination to better himself and others and set things right He was so clearly passionate about the subject of slavery, [...]

  7. This one was a page turner for me It is a fascinating nearly contemporaneous account of the decades before and after the Civil War Frederick Douglass is a new hero for me as one of the figures in American history whose courage and conviction matched the monumental challenges of his times The broad outlines of his story are well known but the details were entirely new to me and they were riveting My favorite passages in the book describe Douglass encounters with Abraham Lincoln Also fun to read D [...]

  8. I m at a loss how to review a book like this it seems too important of a piece of history and literature to matter what my mere opinion is But here goes I was introduced to Frederick Douglass through his first memoir sadly not as part of my schooling shame on my school , and was completely swept away by him His passion for freedom and justice and right vs wrong spoke to me, and he instantly joined the pantheon of my heroes HE also inspired me to read his third and final memoir, which was a signi [...]

  9. The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, by Frederick DouglassThough at times braggadocious, the autobiography paints a genuine portrait of the world we have long since left behind He comes across as an eminently wise man, and he is deserving of his place in history I had read excerpts of his material before, and made reference to him in the past My first encounter with him was on the history channel, back when that channel lived up to its name, where he was likened to a modern day Cato, surpri [...]

  10. I could think of nothing scarcely but my life, and in thinking of my life, I almost forgot my liberty I have observed this in my experience of slavery that whenever my condition was improved instead of it increasing my contentment, it only increased my desire to be free and set me to thinking of plans to gain my freedom I found that to make a contented slave, it is necessary to make a thoughtless one, and it is necessary to darken his moral and mental vision, and as far as possible, to annihilat [...]

  11. An extraordinary book Actually felt cheated that this book hadn t been introduced to me in school Large portions of this should be on curricula for American history, particularly his life as a slave, an escapee, and an abolitionist probably the first 3 4s of the book His writing is exemplary, straightforward, with beautiful flourishes flashing with profound wisdom that still echoes true through today.

  12. I think this book was very descriptive and intellectual I was able to fully understand and connect to the pain and suffering of African Americans during slavery Douglass did not let being a slave define him because he knew what he was capable of in this world Douglass was a huge factor of how slavery became abolished.

  13. An essential read for understanding Frederick Douglass conception of himself as a slave and as a freedman, although not as valuable for historical research about slavery as an institution as its modern proponents would claim

  14. could skip past the first half of the book if you read book 2 appreciate this book s 2nd half because it addresses his life after escape political career.

  15. Great read Unique pov, obviously not sure why this was not required reading somewhere in my schooling recommend to all.

  16. This third autobiography shows his growth in writing skill and the perspective of age I was deeply moved by his attitude toward his life and experiences.

  17. This is one of the most memorable books I ve read in a long time Every now then an author produces a work of such wisdom, reality truth as to merit being read by wide audience, and, IMHO, this is one of them What Douglass, a former uneducated black slave later a self motivated scholar social activist, conveys isn t so much words, though his writing is astute, dignified, coherent, and bears sometimes a sort of poetry lyricism, especially his descriptions He conveys deep insight into the human min [...]

  18. An important work for any U.S citizen to be familiar with The first half of the book up through the Civil War has a greater sense of urgency and significance, and probably the most memorable segments of all are his memories of slavery and escape But even if the second half of the book is anti climactic, he s still a man who should be mentioned in the same breath as MLK, and refreshing your memory with this book every now and then is a good way to make that happen.Besides Douglass s harrowing per [...]

  19. I was interested in reading the Frederick Douglass account of his own life after watching Lincoln and noticing how token the African American voices seemed in that movie The abolitionist movement was filled with freed slaves but you d never know that from watching Steven Spielberg s film Though I think overall the book is worth reading, the problem with it is that it gets steadily worse throughout Douglass was obviously comfortable talking about his life as a slave than he was as his place as A [...]

  20. I listened to the audiobook borrowed from the Dallas Public Library.This is a fascinating life story of someone who started out as an enslaved, barely clothed child into a respected and influential man, a world traveler and advisor to presidents.Douglass wrote his autobiography several times but this was the last one, written late enough into his life that he no longer had to fear naming names and revealing his friends as well as his enemies.The only complaint I have, and the one thing I would h [...]

  21. I have often thought of learning about Frederick Douglas, and also reading biographies I didn t realize I was listening to this book during Black History Month, until I was well into the book Frederick Douglass tells his amazing story of his life as a little boy born into slavery He gives credit by name to people who helped him a long the way He had white friends as a boy in Balti, who helped him learn how to read His mistress had started teaching him to read, and was very proud of his progres [...]

  22. I came across this book through Updike s several quotations in Rabbit Redux, and got very interested in it because I later noticed that Frederick Douglass shows up in Edward Zwick s Glory in a brief scene about the creation of the first colored regiment in the Union army during the Civil War The story of Col Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry has appealed to me since high school when I first saw the movie and that brought me to the book, especially when I learned tha [...]

  23. This book was recommended to me.Okay, to start with the good side I learnt A LOT about the abolitionist movement It was very interesting reading about his life from being a slave to becoming a freeman Having read Lincoln s biography, I found it particularly interesting to read about the Civil War, the role of black people in the war and about Douglass opinion about Lincoln Another fascinating part of the book was reading about Douglass opinion of Britain He described Britain in a way that made i [...]

  24. This is a magnificent testimony to the human spirit It is particularly worth reading in this 150th anniversary of the Civil War I live in Easton, on Maryland s Eastern Shoire, where many of the events narrated by Douglass took place Newxt month, a statue of him will be unveiled on the Courthouse lawn joining a monument to the local soldiers of the Confederacy It is important to read the final edition, for then Douglass revealed his exact escape route how he went from bondage to freedom in less t [...]

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