Generally held to be the most famous piece written by a former slave, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is a memoir on abolition written by the famous orator. First published in 1845, it set the tone for the American abolitionist movement. Within four months, it sold more than 5,000 copies; within fifteen years, it sold 30,000.
The eleven chapters in The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass not only recount Douglass’ life as a slave, but his tremendous ambition to become a free man. The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is the first of Douglas’s three autobiographies and the most read. Inside this book, Douglass provides graphic descriptions of his childhood and horrifying experiences as a slave as well as a harrowing record of his dramatic escape to the North and eventual freedom.
The Narrative is admired today for its extraordinary passion, sensitive and vivid descriptions and storytelling power. This book belongs in the library of anyone interested in African-American history and the life of one of the country’s most courageous and influential champions of civil rights. This amazing work that sparked a historical movement is presented in a beautifully bound, easy to read edition.
Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) was an African American social reformer, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writing. He is one of the most famous African Americans of all time and his memoirs continue to be studied by historians and enthusiasts today, nearly 150 years after the Civil War.