This classic of American literature, a dramatic autobiography of the early life of an American slave, was first published in 1845, when its author had just achieved his freedom. It is a story that shocked the world with its first-hand account of the horrors of slavery. The book was an incredible success. It sold over 30,000 copies and was an international best seller. His eloquence gives a clear indication of the powerful principles that led Douglas to become the first great African-American leader in the United States.
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"Made Me Cry & Laugh!"
I greatly appreciate the opportunity to have been able to listen to this biography! The will of the human spirit is palpable long after Mr. Douglass' death and I'm proud to know the type of stock I come from; blacks are not just victims to the harsh institution of slavery/ America but also how through personal responsibility one can find mental and physical freedom in the face of incredible odds. At times I laughed and at times I mourned for my ancestors in reading this book but I thoroughly delighted in all of it! I highly recommend this narrator because I enjoyed hearing the voice of a black man read the biography...it connected it more for me and made the book come alive!
Loved that the accent was never exaggerated and if I am not mistaken, this is one of ONLY TWO recordings of this great novel that are made in a Black man's voice. Great job.
"A fantastic story every American should read!"
Douglas paints an incredible portrait of his life as a slave and his struggle for freedom. It highlights the dark history of the United States with incredible detail.
An amazing look at US history. Fredrick Douglas became a distinguished writer against all odds.
This should be required reading for everyone. Douglass is a powerful orator and the narrator does a fantastic job.
"The history that mustn't be ignored"
Several times during this story I cried, my breath stopped and I had to repeat to make sure I heard it correctly. A piece of American history that everyone claiming to be educated folks need to reflect on. How much have we evolved as human species since way back when this took place? It is a very topical story as we still face times of deep injustice to too many fellow human beings. Listen to it! Read it!
Read with great candor and such a moving piece on it's own. A must read.
"A Must Read on Many Levels"
It's a moving first-hand account about slavery, religion, American history, and empowerment through reading. I'm going to listen to this book over and over again.
"Sheds Light On A Dark System"
This book shines light on a dark system and mindset that have been perpetuated throughout the history of this nation. This is a needed publication that is as necessary, if not more necessary, now than it has always been.
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