Life and Times of Frederick Douglass

ISBN-10: 0486431703
ISBN-13: 9780486431703
Edition: 2003
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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/19/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Raised as a plantation slave, Douglass went on to become a writer, orator, and major participant in the struggle for African-American freedom and equality. In this engrossing narrative he recounts early years of abuse; his dramatic escape to the North and eventual freedom, abolitionist campaigns, and his crusade for full civil rights for former slaves.

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 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.

Introduction [to the 1892 Edition]
Author's Birth
Removal from Grandmother's
Troubles of Childhood
A General Survey of the Slave Plantation
A Slaveholder's Character
A Child's Reasoning
Luxuries at the Great House
Characteristics of Overseers
Change of Location
Learning to Read
Growing in Knowledge
Religious Nature Awakened
The Vicissitudes of Slave Life
Experience in St. Michaels
Covey, the Negro Breaker
Another Pressure of the Tyrant's Vise
The Last Flogging
New Relations and Duties
The Runaway Plot
Apprenticeship Life
Escape from Slavery
Escape from Slavery
Life as a Freeman
Introduced to the Abolitionists
Recollections of Old Friends
One Hundred Conventions
Impressions Abroad
Triumphs and Trials
John Brown and Mrs. Stowe
Increasing Demands of the Slave Power
The Beginning of the End
Secession and War
Hope for the Nation
Vast Changes
Living and Learning
Weighed in the Balance
"Time Makes All Things Even"
Incidents and Events
"Honor to Whom Honor"
Retrospection
Appendix
Later Life
A Grand Occasion
Doubts as to Garfield's Course
Recorder of Deeds
President Cleveland's Administration
The Supreme Court Decision
Defeat of James G. Blaine
European Tour
Continuation of European Tour
The Campaign of 1888
Administration of President Harrison
Minister to Haiti
Continued Negotiations for the Mole St. Nicolas
Annotated Bibliography
Index

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