Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave: Written by Himself


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Yale University Press
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5.54 X 7.68 X 0.52 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author

Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) was an African American abolitionist and social reformer, author, orator, and statesman. John R. McKivigan is Mary O'Brien Gibson Professor of History at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. Peter P. Hinks is a public historian, historical editor, and author of numerous essays and books on African American and American history before the Civil War. Heather L. Kaufman is the coeditor of several volumes on Douglass and a research associate of the Douglass Papers.


"Now this classic work is available in an authoritative edition priced for students as well as established scholars, and useful to both as well. Blassingame and his collaborators have done a fine job providing a thorough amount of material that enables readers to contextualize Douglass's work and his words. Most interesting--and perhaps most useful for those teaching the text--are the reader responses to the original 1845 edition which provide a broad avenue into the major social issues that surrounded the tale at its first publication, for many years afterwards, and that continue to haunt us today."--Virginia Quarterly Review
"None so dramatically as Douglass integrated both the horror and the great quest of the African-American experience into the deep stream of American autobiography. He advanced and extended that tradition and is rightfully designated one of its greatest practitioners."--John W. Blassingame, from the introduction