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Frederick Douglass

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11 gennaio 2013
Frederick Douglass's "Narrative" is one of the most lucid, absorbing slave autobiographies written; that it has much to say about American history, specifically the institution of slavery, only adds to its luster. It is remarkable that someone born into slavery could learn to write as well as virtually any "man of letters" in his era. Despite Douglass' unhappy lot (or maybe because of it), he managed to acquire a great deal of insight into the people, white and black, around him. Douglass convincingly depicts how the institution of slavery damages both oppressed and oppressor--it dehumanizes the former and brings out the cruelest qualities of the latter. (A hundred years later, Martin Luther King would say much the same about the practice of segregration.) There is much anger in the Narrative--but also a wise and noble spirit. Compulsively readable, this book is still very much "relevant" today: it is hard to imagine a time in which people will no longer wish to read it.

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Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) was an American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining renown for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writing. He stood as a living counter-example to slaveholders' arguments that slaves did not have the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. He became a major speaker for the cause of abolition. In addition to his oratory, Douglass wrote several autobiographies, eloquently describing his life as a slave, and his struggles to be free. His classic autobiography, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, is one of the best known accounts of American slavery. After the Civil War, Douglass remained very active in America's struggle to reach its potential as a "land of the free". Douglass actively supported women's suffrage. Following the war, he worked on behalf of equal rights for freedmen, and held multiple public offices. Douglass was a firm believer in the equality of all people, whether black, female, Native American, or recent immigrant. He was fond of saying, "I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong."

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4.0 su 5 stelle An interesting perspective from one who lived it! 6 aprile 2014
Di Bradley Stump - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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It was very interesting hearing about the life of a slave directly from the man himself without his word being filtered through someone else's perspective. I realize there is always the possibility of self-aggrandizement in an autobiography. I also realize in cases such as this where some great cause is involved there is also the possibility an author may change or enhance events in the book to support that cause, in this case to support the author's goal of opposing slavery. While those two things are possible, I don't believe Mr. Douglass committed either of those literary sins. What Frederick Douglass wrote seems to fall right in line with everything else I've read about the period and about the institution of slavery. It's gut wrenching to realize that slave owners could mistreat another human being so poorly, even to the extent of treating them worse than their animals. Unfortunately there are people in this World today who are no better and who, given the chance, would treat their fellow man equally heartlessly. Douglas described how living and working under several different masters was a roller-coaster ride of changing conditions that a slave had to adapt to or suffer the consequences. Hearing how slavery can changed people into a more cruel form of themselves was disheartening and spoke to how slavery hurt people on both sides of the institution.

It was sad but not unexpected to learn how religion was used as a curtain behind which slave owners could hide and as a justification for the abuses heaped on slaves. It's not unlike how extremists today use the same justifications for the despicable acts they commit in the name of religion. And while I certainly am not trying to equate aspects of our society today to the plight of slaves, it was interesting to read how some slave owners would allow slaves time to socialize, have athletic contests, visit relatives on nearby plantations and even drink whiskey if they could buy it in order to make the slaves believe their plight wasn't so bad and could in fact be worse. I can see parallels in today's society where we are doing the same thing to ourselves through relentless pursuits of personal happiness, often without regard to other people. Maybe the more things change the more they really do stay the same.

I would have liked more detail, especially about Mr. Douglass' escape the the North, however I understand his desire to keep those details hidden given that he wrote this in 1845 when slavery was still in place and hiding those details might protect those who helped him and/or prevent slave owners from learning his methods in order to prevent future escaped slaves from using his methods. That said however, the book was definitely worth reading and I would recommend it to readers interested in learning more about the institution of slavery in the Southern United States and why it was so important that it be eliminated.
5.0 su 5 stelle worth the reading 25 marzo 2014
Di Bookwyrm - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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The "afterword" or appendix was particularly profound, I think. I found much in this book that parallels situations in our own modern day world. Well worth the reading.
3.0 su 5 stelle Slavery up close 24 gennaio 2014
Di Jerry Cleveland - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Excellent perspective of slavery from the inside. It reminds that once you know the color of a persons skin, you know very little about the character of the person.
4.0 su 5 stelle Narrative Frederick Douglas 14 ottobre 2013
Di Aileen Rivera - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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I like history an this book is good. It helps you see into the life of this man through his own eyes.
4.0 su 5 stelle Book for School 2 ottobre 2013
Di Christopher Stone - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Having a Kindle makes it very easy to obtain and provide reading material for the kids as required for school and for recreation!

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