One of the defining autobiographies of american history, the narrative (1845) tells the life story of frederick douglass (1818-1895), who was born into slavery in maryland and escaped it in 1838. Frederick douglass escaped slavery in 1838 and used his talents as a writer and orator to fight for emancipation douglass edited an abolitionist newspaper, recruited black regiments during the. Frederick douglass wrote his autobiography narrative of the life of frederick douglass in 1845 the narrative would fall under the genre of escape from captivity he rose from slavery to become one of the prominent voices of the nineteenth century campaigning for the equal treatment of black people. Narrative of the life of frederick douglass is the autobiography of the self-freed slave frederick douglass this was not an easy book to read, and it will not be an easy book for anyone who believes in the rights and freedoms of all this book is about douglass' life in slavery, his experiences.
I have now reached a period of my life when i can give datesi left baltimore, and went to live with master thomas auld, at st michael's, in march, 1832. Page 1 of 7 more books more by this author in the month of august, 1841, i attended an antislavery convention in nantucket, at which it was my happiness to become acquainted with frederick douglass, the writer of the following narrative. Frederick douglass (1818-1895) was an abolitionist born to a slave mother and an unknown white father, he spent his childhood in slavery but secretly learned to read.
Helen pitts was born into an abolitionist family in honeoye, new york, in 1838 she worked for racial equality and women's rights, eventually finding employment as a clerk in frederick douglass's office in the 1880s. His narrative of the life of frederick douglass, an american slave is a moving account of the courage of one man's struggle against the injustice of antebellum slavery published in 1845, sixteen years before the civil war began, the narrative describes douglass' life from early childhood until his escape from slavery in 1838. Narrative of the life of frederick douglass that was is a memoir by frederick douglass that was first published in 1845. Former slave, impassioned abolitionist, brilliant writer, newspaper editor and eloquent orator whose speeches fired the abolitionist cause, frederick douglass (1818-1895) led an astounding life. The united states was deeply divided by the slavery issue at the time that the narrative of the life of frederick douglass was published while abolitionists like douglass, william lloyd garrison, and wendell phillips demanded the eradication of slavery, many worked hard to preserve the institution, and official us policy merely postponed the inevitable conflict.
Narrative of the life of frederick douglass, an american slave, written by himself (boston: published at the anti-slavery office, 1845) [ at right, the frontispiece illustration to the first edition below left, the cover. Frederick douglass (born frederick augustus washington bailey, c february 1818 -- february 20, 1895) was an american social reformer, orator, writer and statesman. Narrative of the life of frederick douglass questions and answers the question and answer section for narrative of the life of frederick douglass is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Frederick douglass was an escaped slave who became a prominent activist, author and public speaker he became a leader in the abolitionist movement, which sought to end the practice of slavery. In his third autobiography, american abolitionist, editor, orator, author, statesman, and reformer frederick douglass reflected upon his life, observing that he had lived several lives in one: first, the life of slavery secondly, the life of a fugitive from slavery thirdly, the life of comparative freedom fourthly, the life of conflict and battle and fifthly, the life of victory, if not. Frederick douglass, an american slave by frederick douglass 7^wys`f7taa]e narrative of the life of frederick douglass, an american slave w ritten by himself.
Litcharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in the narrative of frederick douglass, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work the self-destructive hypocrisy of christian slaveholders. Douglass, frederick frederick douglass, oil painting by sarah j eddy, 1883 in the frederick douglass national historic site, washington, dc national park service at a nantucket, massachusetts, antislavery convention in 1841, douglass was invited to describe his feelings and experiences under slavery. Start studying narrative of the life of frederick douglass learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools.