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PDF ↠ BOOK Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass » FREDERICK DOUGLASS » Born a slave in 1818 on a plantation in Maryland Douglass taught himself to read and write In 1845 seven years after escaping to the North he published Narrative the first of three autobiographies This book calmly butBorn a slave in 1818 on a plantation in Maryland Douglass taught himself to read and write In 1845 seven years after escaping to the North he published Narrative the first of three autobiographies This book calmly but dramatically recounts the horrors and the accomplishments Thank you Mr Douglassthis was a life changer for me You are a true American hero and the fact that there are not monuments government buildings holidays or other commemorations of your life seems to me an oversight of epic proportions How often is it that you can honestly say that you’ll never be the same after reading a book? Well this life story of a singular individual has changed meirrevocably I will never be able to sufficiently express my gratitude to Mr Douglass for that extraordinary gift of insight I’m just not sure how to properly express how deeply this story impacted me both with its content and its delivery Impressive seems such a shallow word I guess I will call it a uniue and special experience and simply state that this autobiography has been added to my list of All Time Favorites Being a fan of history in general and American history in particular I was somewhat familiar with Frederick Douglass and his reputation for being a great orator and a tireless opponent of slavery However this is the first time I’ve actually read any of his writings and I was blown away utterly by the intellect character and strength of this American hero And make no mistake this man was a HERO in every sense of the word I can imagine few people in a generation with the combination of intelligence strength of character sense of morality charity and indomitable will as Frederick Douglass Here is a man who as a slave with little or no free time to himself spent every spare moment he had teaching himself to read and write Think about that In a very telling passage Douglass says that he knew how important it was to educate himself because of how vehemently his master was opposed to it I’m paraphrasing but his message was ‘What my master saw as the greatest evil I knew to be a perfect good’ Such determination and clarity of thought boggles the mind Rarely have a come across a person whose moral fiber I admire John Adams being the other historical figure that jumps to mind On the issue of slavery itself I am resolved that there could be no better description of the horrendous evil of slavery than this book I previously read Uncle Tom's Cabin and while an important novel that story had nowhere near the effect on me that this one did Again thank you Mr Douglass While there are many aspects of the narrative that are worthy of note the uality of prose the excellent balance between details and pace and the fascinating events described the most memorably impressive thing to me was the tone used by Frederick Douglass to describe his life and the people he came in contact with during his time both as a slave and after securing his freedom Despite having seen and personally endured staggering brutality at the hands of white slave owners Douglass never NEVER comes across as bitter or hate filled towards all white people Had I been in his position I am not sure I could have been so charitable with my outlook He speaks frankly and in stark terms about the evil and brutality suffered by himself and his fellow slaves He sees great wrong and he confronts it boldly with his writing However he never generalizes people beyond his indictment of slavery and slave holders He doesn’t stereotype or extend his anger beyond those whom he rightfully condemns That is a person of great strength and even greater charity The dignity of the man is humbling to behold After finishing this inspirational never be the same autobiography Frederick Douglass has joined my pantheon of American heroes right along side George Washington and John Adams I plan to read further works by Douglass and can not strenuously urge others to do the same 60 stars HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION

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Ctivist and an elouent spokesperson for the civil rights of African Americans He lived through the Civil War the end of slavery and the beginning of segregation He was celebrated internationally as the leading black intellectual of his day and his story still resonates in our Thou shalt not kill Thou shalt not steal Thou shalt not bear false witness Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment it is briefly comprehended in this saying namely Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyselfBut he willing to justify himself said unto Jesus And who is my neighbour?Rom 139 Luke 1029This short intense painful powerful book shows us very clearly that the regime in American slaveholding farms in the 19th century was similar to Nazi concentration camps Severe whippings were dished out arbitrarily to induce a state of permanent terror If an owner killed a slave there were no conseuences Starvation level food was grudgingly allowed There was grossly inadeuate clothing and shelter And the only way out of this totalitarian regime was by dying One difference aside from scale was that the Nazis were deliberately working the camp inmate to death and the slave owners wanted to extract maximum work from their victims So life on the plantation was probably marginally better than life in Dachau Oh yes another similarity was that both the Nazis and the slave owners were ChristiansFrederick Douglass has some severe things to say about religion in 19th century America I therefore hate the corrupt slaveholding women whipping cradle plundering partial and hypocritical Christianity of this land Indeed I can see no reason but the most deceitful one for calling the religion of this land Christianity I look upon it as the climax of all misnomers the boldest of all frauds and the grossest of all libelsLater on he clarifies what he means What I have said respecting and against religion I mean strictly to apply to the slaveholding religion of this land and with no possible reference to Christianity proper; for between the Christianity of this land and the Christianity of Christ I recognize the widest possible difference—so wide that to receive the one as good pure and holy is of necessity to reject the other as bad corrupt and wickedChristians of today may say well individuals may be corrupted and gravely misunderstand the meaning of the gospel but they must sadly note that the in the slave owning states the church was part of the problem there was no outright condemnation it was all considered to be Biblically sanctioned and the daily beatings rapes and murders were politely ignored by all right thinking people The examples of American slavery and Nazi concentration camps also indicate that on this earth there is never a shortage of sadistic men but that’s a whole other subjectHOW FREDERICK LEARNED HIS LETTERS The controlled fury of the author makes every other paragraph of this remarkable book worth uoting I will limit myself to two very moving passages Young Frederick I think he is around 11 or 12 at this time is sold to new owners Very soon after I went to live with Mr and Mrs Auld she very kindly commenced to teach me the A B C After I had learned this she assisted me in learning to spell words of three or four letters Just at this point of my progress Mr Auld found out what was going on and at once forbade Mrs Auld to instruct me further telling her among other things that it was unlawful as well as unsafe to teach a slave to read“ Now said he if you teach that n how to read there would be no keeping him It would forever unfit him to be a slave He would at once become unmanageable and of no value to his master As to himself it could do him no good but a great deal of harm It would make him discontented and unhappy So this is the slave owner’s very sensible view The genius of Frederick Douglass was that as a boy he realised that reading and writing was crucial So he slowly and painfully taught himself One of his tasks takes him regularly to a shipyard where the joiners write letters on the finished timber pieces to indicate where they are intended for S for starboard L for larboard etc I soon learned the names of these letters and for what they were intended when placed upon a piece of timber in the ship yard I immediately commenced copying them and in a short time was able to make the four letters named After that when I met with any boy who I knew could write I would tell him I could write as well as he The next word would be I don't believe you Let me see you try it I would then make the letters which I had been so fortunate as to learn and ask him to beat that In this way I got a good many lessons in writing which it is uite possible I should never have gotten in any other wayWe may describe this as literacy by stealth THE ORIGINS OF BLACK MUSIC IN AMERICAAnd finally as a fan of black music from the 20s and 30s this passage was both beautiful and sad for me to read Here slaves are returning from the day’s work While on their way they would make the dense old woods for miles around reverberate with their wild songs revealing at once the highest joy and the deepest sadness They would compose and sing as they went along consulting neither time nor tune The thought that came up came out—if not in the word in the sound;—and as freuently in the one as in the other They would sometimes sing the most pathetic sentiment in the most rapturous tone and the most rapturous sentiment in the most pathetic toneI have sometimes thought that the mere hearing of those songs would do to impress some minds with the horrible character of slavery than the reading of whole volumes of philosophy on the subject could doThey told a tale of woe which was then altogether beyond my feeble comprehension; they were tones loud long and deep; they breathed the prayer and complaint of souls boiling over with the bitterest anguish Every tone was a testimony against slavery and a prayer to God for deliverance from chains The hearing of those wild notes always depressed my spirit and filled me with ineffable sadness I have freuently found myself in tears while hearing themJust one last uote I have often been utterly astonished since I came to the north to find persons who could speak of the singing among slaves as evidence of their contentment and happiness It is impossible to conceive of a greater mistake Slaves sing most when they are most unhappy The songs of the slave represent the sorrows of his heart; and he is relieved by them only as an aching heart is relieved by its tears'Slaves Waiting for Sale' by Eyre Crowe 1861 Heinz collection Washington DC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick DouglassOf his early years the daily casual brutality of the white masters; his painful efforts to educate himself; his decision to find freedom or die; and his harrowing but successful escapeAn astonishing orator and a skillful writer Douglass became a newspaper editor a political a Powerful elouent and utterly moving especially considering it was written by a man who taught himself how to read and write while a slave The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass regrettably does not go into detail regarding the particulars of Douglass' escape to freedom Having written his memoirs while slavery was still ongoing he was afraid to reveal his methods for fear of endangering the lives of those who assisted him as well as potentially shutting down an avenue of escape for other slaves after him The reader must respect that and be satisfied with his well articulated descriptions of life in the south while serving under white masters