Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (Signature Classics) (Paperback)
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Born on a Maryland plantation, Frederick Douglass--born Frederick Bailey--doesn't know the year of his birth. Separated from his mother in infancy, he sees her only a few times, always at night, before she dies. At the age of seven or eight, Frederick's mistress begins teaching him to read, until her furious husband forbids it. Frederick realizes then that reading is his path to freedom, and he determines to run away to the northern United States--whatever the cost.
In addition to the original text, this volume also includes 11 selected essays and speeches, among them the famous "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?" (1852)
About the Author
Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) was an African American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writings.