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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (Barnes & Noble Classics Series): An American Slave
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (Barnes & Noble Classics Series): An American Slave | Frederick Douglass
"Narrative of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave," by Frederick Douglass, is part of the "Barnes & Noble Classics"""series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of "Barnes & Noble Classics" New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. "Barnes & Noble Classics "pulls together a constellation of influencesbiographical, historical, and literaryto enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.No book except perhaps "Uncle Tom s Cabin" had as powerful an impact on the abolitionist movement as "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass." But while Stowe wrote about imaginary characters, Douglass s book is a record of his own remarkable life.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 but dramatically recounts the horrors and the accomplishments of his early yearsthe 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 escape.An astonishing orator and a skillful writer, Douglass became a newspaper editor, a political activist, and an eloquent 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 ours.Robert O Meally is Zora Neale Hurston Professor of Literature at Columbia University and the Director of Columbia University s Center for Jazz Studies. He wrote the introduction and notes to the Barnes & Noble classics edition of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.""
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CafeMom
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First buddy read of the school year. Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass is an autobiography of a slave who escaped and lived to tell his story. Fredrick gets sent to a home in Maryland in which his new mistress teaches him to read the alphabet until she is warned by her husband not to teach the slaves. Fredrick continues his studies in secrecy and teaches himself to read and write. Douglass lives on to do great things. #1001books

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essence_dionne
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Saturday's Audiobook: Narrative of the Life of Frederi Douglass.
#FrederickDouglass #Audiobook

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Morinen
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#24in48 Going on 6.5 hours and four books down!

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EadieB Beautiful picture! I love your posts! So creative! 5mo
gradcat @EadieB Thanks, Eadie...you‘re very nice to take the time out to comment on it...I really appreciate it! ♥️ 5mo
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bookwrm526
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Thanks to the excellent (but oh so hard to watch) PBS documentary on Reconstruction, I‘ve gone down a bit of a rabbit hole in my non-fiction reading. This is part of that, and my pick for a book published before I was born for the #MMDchallenge

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Such a great historical rabbit hole! And such an informative one. 5mo
bookwrm526 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I majored in history in undergrad, specializing in American history, and I‘ve realized how LITTLE we talked about this time period! It makes me sad and mad 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @bookwrm526 Yes. Everything I learn about this time is new for me, and I‘m just mad that they didn‘t really cover it in my HS history classes. 5mo
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paramegan
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Finally finished this one after a few weeks, even as short as it is, along with my paper on it. Slave narratives are always harrowing, but Douglass in particular evokes a crazy amount of emotion. His use of irony to show how religion and slaveholding are incompatible is so persuasive towards the white northern readers of the time, you can clearly see how this would fuel the abolition movement. So powerful.

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BlueMonday42
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Frederick Douglass was a hero to millions and is now an American icon. His story is the stuff of legends, and now that I‘ve finally read this, I understand why.

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TheBookbabeblog84
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Every 4th of July I read or listen to this speech. It‘s just as important today as it was in 1852 when it was Delivered by Douglas. #fredrickdouglass #books #reader #reading

4thhouseontheleft Yes!! I have shared this in year‘s past. My family thinks I am weird because I do not celebrate July 4th, but it‘s hard for me to celebrate a day that only commemorates freedom for some Americans. I‘m also not a big fan of the American version of patriotism. 1y
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Kimberlone
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Attending a graduation ceremony tonight and giving these cards with a bookmark to a few students I‘ve worked with since they were freshmen.

Love these postcards from Obvious State, and I often include one with gifts to friends.

Teafiend Beautiful gifts! 2y
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ElisabethRose
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Read this for a book discussion for my internship. I found it "enjoyable" (if you can really enjoy a book about a slave narrative). The thing that struck me the most though was that it was set in my county. I live in Talbot County Maryland where Douglass was born and spent a major part of his life. I recognize the names of the towns and even some of the people. It just made his story all the more reason for me.

ElisabethRose If any Littens are in St. Michaels, MD today stop in at 2pm in the library for a discussion of this book! 2y
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AngelaG1
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Powerful and heartbreaking.

DebbieGrillo I'm loving serial reader. 2y
AngelaG1 Me too! I‘m reading so much more with it. 2y
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nanoauthor
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Some reading for school.

#college

JazzFeathers Read it years ago and loved it 2y
nanoauthor Nice! I've only read the introduction so far, but I'm looking forward to actually reading Douglas' part 2y
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okthislooksbad
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Turns out Amazon Classics Editions are free these days. I may have overdone it a bit with +30 titles.. but it'll be a while before I'm out of reading material. 😂 😂

Yossarian Unclear why you didn‘t buy more... 2y
Kaye I saw a post on here yesterday about it, so I grabbed a truckload. Not sure how many but a bunch. 2y
okthislooksbad @Kaye There is no such thing as too many anyway 😄 2y
okthislooksbad @Yossarian Good question 🤔🤔 2y
Kaye I got 69 , with 10 pre-orders. 😮 2y
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Gezemice
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This is a must read for everyone. While I have read fiction and non-fiction about the horrors of slavery, hearing it from someone's first-hand exoerience makes it even more real. It is so hard to believe that this cruelty existed, was accepted, was the norm. Frederick Douglass himself was an extraordinarily bright and strong man with great leadership qualities. Read it - it is short, powerful and well written. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Gezemice
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"Slaves #sing most when they are most unhappy."
My #currentread is devastating.
#quotsydec17

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CatLass007

“ 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…”

UrsulaMonarch 👏👏👏 2y
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Re-read of this one. A difficult, emotional true story about one man's will to freedom in spite of his (our) nation. Douglass' story serves as a lesson in history, rhetoric, and humanity.

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CatLass007

Here is the third book I am reading on Serial Reader. It is a grim look at slavery but so important to know about this time. I just finished Issue 1 of 16, a much shorter read than the first two. I am not sure how many descriptions of brutal whippings and the rape of female slaves I can take, but I am determined to read the entire autobiography, no matter how uncomfortable it makes me.

CatLass007 Americans need to be uncomfortable with this part of their past rather than glorifying it. 2y
tpixie @CatLass007 agree and not only Americans- slavery was quite widespread unfortunately! 2y
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heikemarie
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Finally got myself set up @NCNY ! Perched atop my mound of papers to grade - thank you again!! it inspires wonder in 7th graders who pretend to be jaded.

Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻 2y
NCNY I love it!! What a wonderful message. And it fits perfectly! 🙂 2y
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Megara
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This should be read in our public schools.

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JazzFeathers
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I've read a few #TrueStories but these two are my absolute favorite. Neither as happy (Peltier's who's still in prison), but they are truly inspiring

#Riotgrams

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Brian_L

I have found that, to make a contented slave, it is necessary to make a thoughtless one. It is necessary to darken his moral and mental vision, and, as far as possible, to annihilate the power of reason.

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kricheal
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Third book finished on @SerialReader. Very powerful read.

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kricheal
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Got a new badge today😀

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Iindseyosborne
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I will not buy more books. I will not buy more books. #bookwormproblems

Redwritinghood I've tried telling myself that too (sigh). 3y
Karkar Oh I just bought the Count of Monte Cristo in this version. The covers are so pretty and feel good. 3y
Lmstraubie Sooooo...How many did you get?? 3y
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8little_paws
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Serial reader has biography and nonfic! I'm really enjoying the experience of reading Frederick Douglass's memoir using this app. Next up will be Sojourner Truth.

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8little_paws
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#todayinsj today is the date Frederick Douglass chose to celebrate his birthday.

I'm also reading the book tagged currently through serial reader! So happy I decided to check that app out. There is a nice selection of historical non fiction there for me to read.

Mimi28 Happy Valentine's Day!! ❤😻📚😎 3y
Lola I hear he's doing excellent work 🙄 3y
Foragingfantasy I read this in college, it was difficult but I remember thinking it was an excellent read. 3y
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kricheal
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Starting this on @SerialReader today!

8little_paws Interesting! This might actually get me to try serial reader. I see a lot of people use it to read classic lit, which I'm not really too inspired by, but this I'm curious about. 3y
kricheal @8little_paws at least check it out. I was surprised by everything that was on there. Many genres, some long reads and some short reads. 3y
8little_paws I just read my first issue of this book just now :) 3y
kricheal @8little_paws awesome 😀😀😀 3y
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freyaheart
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#17booklove how about a book and a snack? Didn't have to chance to have a meal I loved today.

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wonga
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books I found for #BlackHistory month. i'm embarrassed that i've only read the MLK speeches and one of the James Baldwin books. maybe i can use the Frederick Douglass book for #LRC23 (takes place over 150 years ago) in my reading challenge? i hear he's "somebody who's done an amazing job." ??#RiotGrams

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freyaheart
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#riotgrams Black History: I will be reading this today. I've never read it before.

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vivastory
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Vital to understanding how we got to where we are now. The courage & eloquence of Frederick Douglass shines through this abolitionist essay that is as fundamental to understanding our country as Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" & Federalist Papers.

saresmoore Well said! 3y
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KVanRead Wow he really is getting recognized a lot these days... can't wait for his next one! 3y
KVanRead Sorry not really fitting for such s grim quote, but couldn't resist.😌 3y
saresmoore Religious extremism is scary in all forms, but I think especially in the South (even today), it slithers on as a snake in sheep's clothing. Gah! There is so much here that is vital commentary on the current U.S. political climate! 3y
Hollie A former professor of mine, whose office I now occupy, posted a Frederick Douglass image on Facebook with "I survived the Bowling Green Massacre." Frightening times we are living in! 3y
vivastory @saresmoore @Hollie It is indeed absurdly hypocritical that the same time the Muslim travel ban is issued, the Republicans are trying to also pass the Religious Freedom bill. 3y
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saresmoore Oof. I think it's been too long since I read this. 3y
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Paula3
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I'd really like to lend this one to Mr. Trump. My 6yr old enjoyed listening to it :) I hear he is "being recognized more and more". If only Mr. Trump could fit in some reading or listening time. #bookscureignorance

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This edition “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” is only $2 on Amazon. Wouldn't it be cool if the White House got an influx of copies constantly arriving on their doorstep? https://www.amazon.com/dp/0486284999/

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I'm at the part where Douglass makes it north, and writes about how he assumed all northerners were poor, because he'd been taught to believe that true wealth was impossible without slavery, and it made me wonder - what inhumane features of our economy are we clinging to because we wrongfully believe they're a "necessary evil" for wealth building? What could we change if we put human decency first?

tpixie Interesting thought. He was briefly mentioned in a book I'm reading. Funny to see him mentioned twice in 24 hours !! 3y
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#autobiography Read this for class; don't remember much. #readjanuary

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I love it when I can knock off #readharder2017 challenges for free!

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Blair_Reads
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I have lofty goals for reading this weekend. But 2 books have to be finished before Monday so here's book 1 🙌🏻

Makatma Love that book! 3y
AudreyMorris My high school junior read an abridged version of this in AP English this year (they never read all of anything any more, and no novels, but that's another story). They also walked over to the JC to see a performance of slave narratives. 3y
Sue Lofty reading goals are my fave. Good luck! 3y
CogsOfEncouragement My freshman daughter just read this for school (the whole thing) and since I was planning to read it, I read it with her. I was glad to be able to discuss it with her. 3y
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CogsOfEncouragement
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I became aware of this book only a short time ago. My daughter's homework over Christmas break is to read it. That put it to the top of my TBR. I read it today. She is not done with it yet, but we will be discussing it of course. I highly recommend it to you.

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Accountant, Luis B.: "If you love to be entertained and you‘re partial to historical events, the 'Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass' is the kind of book that can inform and tug at your emotional strings. A former slave who willed himself to literacy and freedom, Douglass‘ Narrative is the first of the black salvos in the Civil Rights Movement. Its echo continues." #BestBookRead

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Frederick Douglass and his family lived and farmed property in Rochester NY where the Frederick Douglass Community Library now sits. This is a new mural at the entrance to that library. Words to live by....

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My shopping cart at HPB! It is full, and I haven't been through the fiction aisles yet 😀😀📚📚📚📚 #selfcaresaturday #diversebooks #lotsofthem

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Preaching to the choir, but to honor the Americans who've fought for the right to vote - women, non-white men (Black, Native, Latino, Asian), felons who've served their time, and those who've been challenged or intimidated at the polls for gender, lack of ID, education, or poll tax - vote! Your voice matters.

Frederick Douglass was a suffragist for both Black and women voters. Honoring him today!

Bookzombie 💟 3y
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Theresa One of my coworkers is voting in his first election today because he just recently became an American citizen. Although I'm sorry for several reasons that this is his first experience participating in the process, I'm excited that he gets to participate. It reminds me how lucky we are to have this opportunity. 3y
becausetrains @Theresa that is beautiful ☺️🇺🇸🌎🌍🌏 3y
Librariana Yay!! 😄💙💙💙💙 3y
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"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free" -Frederick Douglass #TheRealSecretOfLife #BlameItOnTheAwesome

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JoeRugola
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A book written 170 years ago about slavery shouldn't sound so much like it was first published last week.