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My Bondage and My Freedom

My Bondage and My Freedom

Author: Frederick Douglass

Year Published: 1855

Description: In his second autobiography, Fredrick Douglass expands on his previous work, Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass: An American Slave, with a richer tome detailing his life as a slave, his emancipation, and as a free man. In his own accounts of the psychological pain caused by enslavement and the empowerment that freedom and literacy brought to his life and work, Douglass brings “the light of truth upon a system” that he advocated against “in the bar of public opinion,” arguing his case for an end to slavery and bondage at a time when many Americans were undecided on the matter. This work serves as a vivid picture of the “peculiar institution” upon which America’s early economy relied, and a visceral reminder of the injustice of bonded labor.

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'From my earliest recollections of serious matters, I date the entertainment of something like an ineffaceable conviction, that slavery would not always be able to hold me within its foul embrace; and this conviction, like a word of living faith, strengthened me through the darkest trials of my lot.'  

My Bondage and My Freedom

 

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