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Frederick Douglass (1818–1895)

Autor(a) de Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

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About the Author

Born a slave in Maryland in about 1817, Frederick Douglass never became accommodated to being held in bondage. He secretly learned to read, although slaves were prohibited from doing so. He fought back against a cruel slave-breaker and finally escaped to New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1838 at about mostrar mais the age of 21. Despite the danger of being sent back to his owner if discovered, Douglass became an agent and eloquent orator for the Massachusetts Antislavery Society. He lectured extensively in both England and the United States. As an ex-slave, his words had tremendous impact on his listeners. In 1845 Douglass wrote his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, which increased his fame. Concerned that he might be sent back to slavery, he went to Europe. He spent two years in England and Ireland speaking to antislavery groups. Douglass returned to the United States a free man and settled in Rochester, New York, where he founded a weekly newspaper, The North Star, in 1847. In the newspaper he wrote articles supporting the antislavery cause and the cause of human rights. He once wrote, "The lesson which [the American people] must learn, or neglect to do so at their own peril, is that Equal Manhood means Equal Rights, and further, that the American people must stand for each and all for each without respect to color or race." During the Civil War, Douglass worked for the Underground Railroad, the secret route of escape for slaves. He also helped recruit African-Americans soldiers for the Union army. After the war, he continued to write and to speak out against injustice. In addition to advocating education for freed slaves, he served in several government posts, including United States representative to Haiti. In 1855, a longer version of his autobiography appeared, and in 1895, the year of Douglass's death, a completed version was published. A best-seller in its own time, it has since become available in numerous editions and languages. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Frederick Douglass

The Classic Slave Narratives (1789) 1,061 exemplares
My Bondage and My Freedom (1855) 1,015 exemplares
The Heroic Slave (1853) 44 exemplares
The Life of Frederick Douglass (1993) 11 exemplares
Frederick Douglass in Brooklyn (2017) 11 exemplares
My Escape From Slavery (1996) 8 exemplares
Reconstruction (2012) 6 exemplares
The Life of an American Slave (1998) 6 exemplares
De l'esclavage en Amerique (2006) 6 exemplares
Lighter moments 4 exemplares
Black Voices on Britain: Selected Writings (2022) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Addresses of Frederick Douglass (2016) 2 exemplares
Eleven Minutes 1 exemplar
ENFIN LIBRE 1 exemplar
Fredrick Douglass 1 exemplar
Self-Made Men (2015) 1 exemplar
Works of Frederick Douglass (2008) 1 exemplar
The Color Line in America (2015) 1 exemplar
Civil War 1 exemplar
Frederick Douglass papers (2018) 1 exemplar
Slave Narrative Six Pack 3 (2015) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Slave Narratives (2000) — Contribuidor — 316 exemplares
Americans in Paris: A Literary Anthology (2004) — Contribuidor — 293 exemplares
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Volume 1 (1990) — Contribuidor, algumas edições250 exemplares
The Civil War: The First Year Told By Those Who Lived It (2011) — Contribuidor — 234 exemplares
The Civil War: The Second Year Told By Those Who Lived It (2012) — Contribuidor — 165 exemplares
The Civil War: The Third Year Told by Those Who Lived It (2013) — Contribuidor — 138 exemplares
American Antislavery Writings: Colonial Beginnings to Emancipation (2012) — Contribuidor — 119 exemplares
Dred Scott v. Sandford: A Brief History with Documents (1997) — Contribuidor — 115 exemplares
Black on White: Black Writers on What It Means to Be White (1998) — Contribuidor — 113 exemplares
The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Contribuidor — 96 exemplares
Classic American Autobiographies (1992) — Contribuidor — 88 exemplares
Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America (1995) — Contribuidor — 88 exemplares
Three Classic African-American Novels (1990) — Contribuidor — 85 exemplares
American Heritage: A Reader (2011) — Contribuidor — 77 exemplares
The Black Power Revolt (1968) — Contribuidor — 69 exemplares
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Contribuidor — 66 exemplares
Recognize!: An Anthology Honoring and Amplifying Black Life (2021) — Contribuidor — 43 exemplares
Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500-2001 (2014) — Contribuidor — 38 exemplares
Summer: A Spiritual Biography of the Season (2005) — Contribuidor — 37 exemplares
Writing Politics: An Anthology (2020) — Contribuidor — 34 exemplares
I Hear a Symphony: African Americans Celebrate Love (1994) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
Unsung: Unheralded Narratives of American Slavery and Abolition (2021) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
American Literature: The Makers and the Making (In Two Volumes) (1973) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
Wade in the Water: Great Moments in Black History (1979) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
An Autobiography of America (1929) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



What Are You Reading the Week of 14 February 2015? em What Are You Reading Now? (Fevereiro 2015)


Hakim Adi's selection of writings about Britain (mainly England) by Black people of the late 18th to the early 20th century is carefully chosen to establish their presence in all strata of society at a date earlier than certain commentators would wish it known. There's a thread showing the development of abolitionism into emancipation into supremacism to justify the continued exploitation of Black Labour, and Adi's selections often strongly resonate with current issues, such as the Windrush scandal and the illegal Tory Rwanda deportation policy.

There's also many fascinating glimpses into Georgian and Victorian society and, while varying degrees of racism are noted, many of the impressions of visitors to the island are positive about their reception and of the culture in which they find themselves.

A nuanced and balanced selection of historical testimonies which I thoroughly enjoyed reading, not least the short section on John Ocansey's day trip from Liverpool to my home town of Southport 🏖️
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Michael.Rimmer | Jul 12, 2023 |
This is the archetypal narrative of slavery, capturing both the physical and psychological damage of owning humans as property. Rivals Wiesel's Night as a document of human cruelty. Points with laser accuracy at the hypocrisies of Christianity and American democracy. Douglass has a greater stature than the founders in American history, as his life was dedicated to correcting our crimes against humanity.
jonbrammer | 115 outras críticas | Jul 1, 2023 |
This an excellent book that explains slavery from a personal perspective. Frederick Douglass is articulate and logical. I have learned what it would be like to be a slave and what cruel circumstances this entails. His comparative treatment in Great Britain to America is definitely disheartening for a modern American. I strongly recommend this book.
GlennBell | 4 outras críticas | Mar 12, 2023 |



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