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This memoir written by writer, orator, and former slave Frederick Douglass describes, in gripping detail, the circumstances of his upbringing, his brutal treatment at the hands of slave-owners, and his narrow escape from Maryland to freedom. Written in 1845, this narrative is one of the most famous works of American literature and provided fuel for the abolitionist movement that began in the early 19th century.

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Belated discovery of a classic for me

Beautifully read. Eloquent prose. Maybe I’ve been to focused on Western Europe to appreciate classics from USA; so far away & alien! I’m glad I found this book.
It’s scary that it’s not that long ago - he died in the lifetime of my great grandparents (who had hard lives too but weren’t slaves.)

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A clear and humbling read

As I watch the news of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations following the terrible death of George Floyd, and see the slave trader statue pulled down in Bristol, I am ashamed to say I don’t really know he history of the Slave Trade, I have never been clear on which history books would give the best record of his dreadful time. Frederick Douglas was a slave in America from birth. His book is clear and almost matter of fact, it’s not angry, and ranting it’s a beautifully written personal history of one man’s life. I was the angry one in parts, but will read it again and again to ensure I get the full understanding of the various situations he lived through.

I can’t recommend it enough.

Thank you Audible.

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Captivating voice and autobiography

The narrator has a really captivating and engaging voice! I am reading it for a university course and it's a great audiobook to listen to for this purposes.

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  • Rod Perlmutter
  • 26-02-19

Astounding history, riveting performance

Middle- and high schools throughout the nation should teach this book. And for adults like me who didn't know Douglass wrote an autobiography, this is a vivid, eye-opening testimony of the perverse, inhumane institution of American slavery. Narrator Bill Andrew Quinn gives a spot-on performance of this book, perfect for the 19th century writing style. If you don't know this bit of history about the childhood slavery of one of America's most famous abolitionists, you should listen to this.

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  • john snead
  • 23-12-20

United States of America, hear me now

This autobiography there’s a significant part of American history. It is a document of an eyewitness of his experience of slavery during his own lifetime. To come back to ignorance of slavery his narrative should be taught in schools across the United States as curriculums. Education is the only way to combat racial ignorance

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  • Alisha's move 2
  • 01-06-20

Inspirational

Loved listening to this book! I've learned a lot more about Mr. Frederick Douglas

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  • Paul Dion Brooks
  • 27-11-19

Frederick!!!

great story telling. so many untold stories by so many others who broke free and those who did not.