Title and Author(s): Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
Release Date: 08/01/2005
Source: (Barnes & Noble Classics)
Reasons for Reading: I first read Frederick Douglass’ autobiography as a college student. As one of the winners in the Revisited Challenge, I bought a copy at my local Barnes & Noble.
Summary: Originally published in 1845, Douglass recalls the abuse and deprivation he suffered as a slave in Maryland. Douglass also reveals how he was inadvertently encouraged to read and write. The combination of these elements brought forth a strong, determined individual who lent a hand into reshaping his world.
One Thing I Learned from this book: Maryland was rather Southern in Antebellum USA.
What I Liked: I could easily see and comprehend Douglass’ plight. Also, I knew this work was an autobiography so I had some idea that things would end better for Douglass.
What I Disliked: I hated that anyone had to endure such tragedy.
Rainbow Rating: Orange – Restricted from those under age 17
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