Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is a memoir and treatise on abolition written by famous orator and former slave, Frederick Douglass. It is generally held to be the most famous of a number of narratives written by former slaves during the same period. In factual detail, the text describes the events of his life and is considered to be one of the most influential pieces of literature to fuel the abolitionist movement of the early 19th century in the United States.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass encompasses eleven chapters that recount Douglass' life as a slave and his ambition to become a free.
A short but powerful book. Fredrick lays out his life story and shows on a very personal level the twisted, barbaric system of slavery in America. The book is full of deep and provocative insights. For instance he illustrated how a warm, kind white woman he served turned cruel and bitter after acquiring him as her first slave. When we think of slavery we often think of the whippings, the rape, the murder, but Fredrick illustrates the common, every day dehumanizing effects of slavery. I’ll remember much from this book.55
I can’t turn away from this dense delivery of experience. What I’ve read cannot be unread, and the images I’ve seen in my mind cannot be unseen.55