Former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass, in his own words
Considered to be the most famous work written by a former slave, this memoir, first published in 1845 set the tone for the American abolitionist movement. Within four months of its publication, it had sold more than five thousand copies. The book not only describes Douglass' life as a slave, but it also reveals his tremendous journey to becoming a free man.
This elegantly designed clothbound edition features an elastic closure and a new introduction.
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.
Eric Ashley Hairston is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Center for Law and Humanities at Elon University. He holds a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina and is author of The Ebony Column: Classics, Civilization and the African American Reclamation of the West.