- Books


Autobiographies The library of America is dedicated to publishing America s best and most significant writing in handsome enduring volumes featuring authoritative texts Hailed as the finest looking longest lasting

  • Title: Autobiographies
  • Author: Frederick Douglass Henry Louis Gates Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780940450790
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The library of America is dedicated to publishing America s best and most significant writing in handsome, enduring volumes, featuring authoritative texts Hailed as the finest looking, longest lasting editions ever made The New Republic , Library of America volumes make a fine gift for any occasion Now, with exactly one hundred volumes to choose from, there is a perfeThe library of America is dedicated to publishing America s best and most significant writing in handsome, enduring volumes, featuring authoritative texts Hailed as the finest looking, longest lasting editions ever made The New Republic , Library of America volumes make a fine gift for any occasion Now, with exactly one hundred volumes to choose from, there is a perfect gift for everyone.

    • [PDF] ✓ Unlimited ↠ Autobiographies : by Frederick Douglass Henry Louis Gates Jr. ✓
      219 Frederick Douglass Henry Louis Gates Jr.
    • thumbnail Title: [PDF] ✓ Unlimited ↠ Autobiographies : by Frederick Douglass Henry Louis Gates Jr. ✓
      Posted by:Frederick Douglass Henry Louis Gates Jr.
      Published :2019-03-15T22:13:58+00:00

    1 thought on “Autobiographies

    1. Fredrick Douglas is one of my heroes. This book was a cornerstone in prison. It taught us how to insist on freedom, even when we didn't have it. Reading this book changed my relationship with the guards entirely. I can't think of a single piece of writing that has effected my life more.

    2. I read the "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave" within this anthology. Douglass is a masterful writer of creative nonfiction. The reader learns in startling (but not total) detail how slavery robbed Douglass of a family and exposed him to violence from childhood onward. Since Douglass wrote two later autobiographies, the reader knows that he keeps portions of his story private. The "Narrative" is not an autobiography proper, but rather a nineteenth-century slave narra [...]

    3. I found Douglass's story really interesting. Born around 1818, he escaped to freedom in 1838 from his life as a slave on Maryland's Eastern Shore and in Baltimore. Just a few years later, after becoming acquainted with prominent abolitionists, he was invited to speak at a gathering and was a sensation. In 1845, he published his first autobiography, which provides both his personal experiences as a slave and his thoughts on slavery as an institution. His writing was (and is) so eloquent that some [...]

    4. The Life Of A Free ManFrederick Douglass (1818?-1895) was the greatest African American leader of the Nineteenth Century. He was born a slave on the Eastern Shore in Maryland and grew up on plantations on the Eastern Shore with several years in Baltimore. He was a physically powerful, highly intelligent, and spirited youth and developed quickly a hatred of the slave system. As a slave, he taught himself to read and write, and learned the art of public speaking from the church and from a book of [...]

    5. The Autobiography slew me. So important and expressed so rendingly what really strikes one is the complete absence of self-pity and the almost terrifying objectivity he is able to maintain as he describes the horrible details of his life, the casually procrustean culture of slavery Americae very entity which casually excised his family from him, forever denying him maternal and paternal love, fraternal love, the gift of owning one's own soul much was denied him that it would take days or weeks t [...]

    6. Can't remember what I read excactly by Douglass, except that I got part of the narrative of his childhood, his escape, his new life, and his thoughts on reconstruction. It was really quite startling, and not in the way I expected. It's no secret that his story would have some horrific moments, but some of the smaller details were pretty raw, like when he related that he had heard people in the North insist that slaves must be happy because they sang. Perhaps it was because that kind of moment se [...]

    7. The "Narrative of the Life of Federick Douglass" is the powerful story of Douglass’ first-hand experience as a slave, his escape from slavery, and the genesis of his involvement in the abolitionist movement. The frank descriptions and complex subject matter of this authentic text make this book a valuable informative text for older middle school students (7th and 8th grade) in the context of social studies, history, and language arts.

    8. I thought this narrative was brilliant. It evoked my sense of justice for the people who are racially discriminated. Fredrick Douglass is a great writer. Through using literary elements such as imagery, metaphor and many more, Douglass illustrates the reader the pain and the discrimination that the slaves had to suffer through. I will recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learninga about slavery.

    9. This Library of American volume was curated by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr, and in many aspects, Douglass could have been writing today, at least from a moral and philosophical standpoint. I could not read all of the volume without taking breaks. While the descriptions of the physical cruelty toward slaves was heinous enough, the psycho social, cultural, environmental and spiritual abuses were as much so. It was not only what slavery and associated racial prejudice did to the victims, but what it [...]

    10. Douglass is a classic of American literature, so there's not a whole lot that I can add. He is a giant among writers, a continuing testimony against the horrors of slavery and racism. Like a lot of school children, I read selections from his works many years ago. I remember the usual platitudes sung in his praise about being a "self-made man," or his closeness with President Lincoln. While it's great that he has become a standard in the pantheon of textbooks, it's a curse in some ways. His words [...]

    11. Indeed this is a testimony that covers most of 19th century American history. I don't know how any person claiming to be American can legitimately do so without having read any of the autobiographies collected here. It should be a requirement for citizenship (instead of the unmerited fact of being born). If there is no doubt that Douglass was an extraordinarily talented writer, the marvelous thing is that his soul was no less extraordinary than his mind.“Upon this pro-slavery platform the war [...]

    12. Narrative of the Life: Book 1, Douglass's blunt, terse style works well in his purpose to just "relate and describee facts narrated." It was much more effective then I would have thought possible, although I am often surprised how effective simple prose can be. My Bondage and My Freedom: Book 2 (10 years later), The style is the same, but then so are all the details and the stories told about his time in slavery with only a few places, such as descriptions of life with his grandmother, where new [...]

    13. I read the first of Douglass' three autobiographies, the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. Douglass is a good storyteller, evoking powerful and moving scenes from his slave experience and presenting interesting characters. In this book he did not describe his escape, because he didn't want to do anything that would negatively affect those who helped nor cut off a possible escape route for others. One can only imagine what his former slaveholders who are mentioned in [...]

    14. Frederick Douglass in my opinion is the greatest of all Americans. He was a man who lived according to a righteousness not of this earth. Where the founding fathers of the US were absolutely hypocritical in the their word and ideals there was no contradiction found in Frederick Douglass. Not only did he stand absolute for the personhood of his people, he stood resolute in not obtaining this rightful freedom by violent means. When very few men would stand for equal standing for women, Frederick D [...]

    15. A peripheral note to a powerful statement:What style to employ in describing the searing, colossal affront to humanity that is slavery?To 21st Century readers, Douglass's understated, elegant prose seems detached, unengaged, almost clinical. This is not Malcolm X, Eldridge Cleaver or Stokely Carmichael. How much here is a demonstration of mastering 19th Century literary convention -- largely untrodden territory for black writers -- and how much a self-preserving distancing from mind-numbing expe [...]

    16. I managed to finish the first two autobiographies but got bogged down in the third which was fairly repetitious for the first 300 or so pages. Then I skipped around some and was basically not too enthralled with his work within the Republican party, the name dropping, or later recollections. I didn't finish the last book. Would like to try again someday when the other two are not so fresh in my mind.

    17. I saw 12 Years a Slave and was moved to read this as a kind of compendium to the movie. The narrative is only a bit over 100 pages but is so remarkable, both in style and substance, that it blew me away. I read it in high school but reading it as an adult was far more enriching. I don't remember reading the appendix on religion but it's so relevant to the county's current religious condition. I'm sure I'll come back to this book again.

    18. Awesome story of America's dark history. New appreciation for what slaves endured and how slavery corrupted owners, traders, government. (Easy, big money is always tempting)Frederick Douglas was driven, kind, self-taught and generous. An insider's view of slavery and freedom, and the importance of education. As Frederick Douglass purports, it's hard to keep an educated man enslaved. Fantastic writer, and historians have claimed he was a fantastic and sought after speaker.

    19. This book is three autobiographies by Frederick Douglass, of course it is going to be good. I suggest, you read Life and Times of Frederick Douglass because it is the last one he wrote and he basically added on his later years to My Bondage and My Freedom. FYI, if you read all three starting from the beginning of this book you'll be rereading a lot of the same stuff.

    20. I will never forget reading this man's stories for the first time. Always have been aware and had an idea of who and what Douglass stood for. But nothing beats hearing it outta his own mouth or in this case words. His life, writings, story and journey is definitely something to revisit throughout my entire life. Long Live Frederick Douglass!

    21. "Frederick Douglass : Autobiographies : Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave / My Bondage and My Freedom / Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (Library of America) by Frederick Douglass (1994)"

    22. It was really good. I didn't really finish it though because there were multiple biographies and you would read one and then start reading the next one and then it was like deja-vu. So, you'll have to read it a little at a time.

    23. A fascinating story of a remarkable life lived in a period of time which was truly a crucible of American democracy. Douglass' clear, unstinting account of his experiences as a slave and then a free man is a rebuke to the great sin of our nation which stands to this day.

    24. A must read for any student of American history. It shows why Douglass will always remain one of the greatest Americans, black or white.

    25. Excellent historical narrative of a fascinating time in history. Excellent account of slavery in all its forms.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *