Frederick douglass (née frederick augustus washington bailey) was born a slave in the state of maryland in 1818 after his escape from slavery, douglass became a renowned abolitionist, editor and feminist. The frederick douglass papers at the library of congress presents the papers of the nineteenth-century african american abolitionist who escaped from slavery and then risked his freedom by becoming an outspoken antislavery lecturer, writer, and publisher the online collection, containing. Frederick douglass will forever remain one of the most important figures in america's struggle for civil rights and racial equality his influence can be seen in the politics and writings of almost all major african-american writers, from richard wright to maya angelou.
Douglass was a prolific writer speeches, personal letters, formal lectures, editorials, and magazine articles literally poured from his pen most of this output has been brought together in a massive four-volume work by philip foner, the life and writings of frederick douglass (new york, 1950-55. Book description: written and published in 1846, this is a harrowing account of a slave, by a slave born in maryland, the author takes you through his life, from being a child and witnessing the brutal whipping of his aunt and others, through to his escape from slavery and his life as a free man. A dramatic autobiography and powerful firsthand account of slavery, written by america's most influential abolitionist first published in 1845, narrativeof the life of frederick douglass is an eye-opening depiction of american slavery.
His work race and reunion: the civil war in american memory was awarded the bancroft prize in american history, the lincoln prize, and the frederick douglass prize, as well as four awards from the organization of american historians. Narrative of frederick douglass, an american slave, by frederick douglass, is part of the barnes & noble classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. The influential narrative of frederick douglass is an awe-inspiring description of his struggle and fight for freedom against the prejudiced, brutal, oppressive southern institution of slavery. Frederick douglass family initiatives (fdfi) introduces a project called, one million abolitionists to honor douglass's 200th birthday, we will print one million hardcover copies of the narrative of the life of frederick douglass: an american slave and give them to young people all across the country. Douglass, frederick (1808[sic]-1895) black leader frederick douglass was the most important black american leader of the 19th century he was born frederick augustus washington bailey, in talbot county, on maryland's eastern shore in 1808[sic], the son of a slave woman, and in all likelihood, her white master.
Douglass's best-known work is his first autobiography narrative of the life of frederick douglass, an american slave, written during his time in lynn, massachusetts and published in 1845 at the time, some skeptics questioned whether a black man could have produced such an eloquent piece of literature. Full title narrative of the life of frederick douglass, an american slave, written by himself author frederick douglass type of work autobiography. Frederick douglass (1818-1895), american author, abolitionist, and lecturer wrote three autobiographies during his life-time a narrative on the life of frederick douglass, an american slave (1845), my bondage and my freedom (1855), and life and times of frederick douglass (1881. Frederick douglass, author, orator, editor, and most important african american leader of the 19th century, was a dangerous illegal immigrant well, in 1838 he escaped a thoroughly legal system of.
Get this from a library narrative of the life of frederick douglass, an american slave [frederick douglass celeste-marie bernier. The life of frederick douglass he was born in 1818 and he died in 1895 he was an american author at some point in his life frederick was an american slave in 1845 you can find a collection of his speeches. Published by frederick douglass in 1845 at the age of 27, the narrative of the life of frederick douglass, an american slave is one of the most significant and influential works by an american author in history douglass's narrative was an.
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. Namely, narrative of the life of frederick douglass, an american slave, written by himself (1845), which he composed at age 27 and which made him in time the most famous black person in the. Narrative of the life of frederick douglass received many positive reviews, but there was a group of people who opposed douglass's work one of his biggest critics, a c c thompson, was a neighbor of thomas auld, who was the master of douglass for some time.
Narrative of the life of frederick douglass, an american slave w ritten by himself boston published at the anti-slavery office, no 25 cornhill 1845. Frederick douglass is one of the most celebrated writers in the african american literary tradition, and his first autobiography is the one of the most widely read north american slave narratives narrative of the life of frederick douglass, an american slave was published in 1845, less than seven years after douglass escaped from slavery. As the title suggests, douglass wished not only to highlight the irony that a land founded on freedom would permit slavery to exist within its midst, but also to establish that he, an american slave with no formal education, was the sole author of the work.