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 now their birthdate He No Future for You 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 ofnowing for certainThere are some horrifying stories in this narrative But there is also inspiration because we now 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 new he had to learn to read if he wanted to run awayThe plan which I adopted and the one by which I was most he wanted to run awayThe plan which I adopted and the one by which I was most 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 indly 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 uickly 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 " return I used also to carry bread with me This bread I used to bestow upon the little urchins who in return would give me that valuable bread of nowledgeHowever when Douglass read newspaper articles about slavery or about the abolitionist movement he became even upsetThe 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 beastFortunately 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 narrativeMemorable uotesI 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. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is an 1845 memoir and treatise on abolition written by famous orator and former slave Frederick Douglass during his time in Lynn.
Frederick Douglass Í 5 ReadSufficiently express my gratitude to Mr Douglass for that extraordinary gift of insight I m just not sure how to properly express how deeply this story impacted me both with its content and its delivery Impressive seems such a shallow word I #Guess I Will Call It A Uniue #I will call it a uniue special experience and simply state that this autobiography has been added to my list of All Time Favorites Being a fan of history in general and American history in particular I was somewhat familiar with Frederick Douglass and his reputation for being a great orator and a tireless opponent of slavery However this is the first time I ve actually read any of his writings and I was blown away utterly by the intellect character and strength of this American hero And make no mistake this man was a HERO in every sense of the word I can imagine few people in a generation with the combination of intelligence strength of character sense of morality charity and indomitable will as Frederick Douglass Here is a man who as a slave with little or no free time to himself spent every spare moment he had teaching himself to read and write Think about that In a very telling passage Douglass says that he Making India Work knew how important it was to educate himself because of how vehemently his master was opposed to it I m paraphrasing but his message was What my master saw as the greatest evil Inew to be a perfect good Such determination and clarity of thought boggles the mind Rarely have a come across a person whose moral fiber I admire John Adams being the other historical figure that jumps to mind On the issue of slavery itself I am resolved that there being the other historical figure that jumps to mind On the issue of slavery itself I am resolved that there be no better description of the horrendous evil of slavery than this book I previously read Uncle Tom s Cabin and while an important novel that story had nowhere near the effect on me that this one did Again thank you Mr Douglass While there are many aspects of the narrative that are worthy of note the uality of prose the excellent balance between details and pace and the fascinating events described the most memorably impressive thing to me was the tone used by Frederick Douglass to describe his life and the people he came in contact with during his time both as a slave and after securing his freedom Despite having seen and personally endured staggering brutality at the hands of white slave owners Douglass never NEVER comes across as bitter or hate filled towards all white people Had I been in his position I am not sure I could have been so charitable with my outlook He speaks frankly and in stark terms about the evil and brutality suffered by himself and his fellow slaves He sees great wrong and he confronts it boldly with his writing However he never generalizes people beyond his indictment of slavery and slave holders He doesn t stereotype or extend his anger beyond those whom he rightfully condemns
is a person great strength and even greater charity The dignity of the man is humbling to behold After finishing this inspirational never be the same autobiography Frederick Douglass has joined my pantheon of American heroes right along side George Washington and John Adams I plan to read further works by Douglass and can not strenuously urge others to do the same 60 stars HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION. Events of his life and is considered to be one of the most influential pieces of literature to fuel the abolitionist movement of the early 19th century in the United State. When they are most unhappy The songs of "THE SLAVE REPRESENT THE SORROWS OF HIS HEART AND " slave represent the sorrows of his heart and 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 emotionOn 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 Book Review I first read the biographical introduction about Frederick Douglass and learned many new things I Everwar (Cal Leandros, knew he wrote a few autobiographies but I nevernew 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 They set the mood 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 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 oppressionDouglass 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 nowledge 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 Thank you Mr Douglassthis was a life changer for me You are a true American hero and the fact that there are not monuments government buildings holidays or other commemorations of your life seems to me an oversight of epic proportions How often is it that you can honestly say that you ll never be the same after reading a book Well this life story of a singular individual has changed meirrevocably I will never be able to. Massachusetts It is generally held to be the most famous of a number of narratives written by former slaves during the same period In factual detail the text describes the.That Is A Person