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The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass

The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass

Author: Frederick Winslow Douglass

Year Published: 1845

Description: This personal memoir—in which Frederick Douglass recounted his years as a slave in Maryland and dramatic escape to the north and freedom—significantly influenced the abolitionist movement in the former half of the 19th century.  In it, Douglass described, with horrifying detail, the brutalities of slavery, from backbreaking work in the fields to back lashing from the whip and the extreme psychological and emotional abuse the institution inflicted on individuals and families.  He also illustrated the power of literacy as a weapon against oppression.

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'I expose slavery in this country, because to expose it is to kill it. Slavery is one of those monsters of darkness to whom the light of truth is death.'

The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass

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