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The Collected Works of Frederick Douglass (Unexpurgated Edition) (Halcyon Classics) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1095 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Halcyon Press Ltd.; First edition (October 28, 2009)
  • Publication Date: October 28, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002V1H2Q6
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Frederick Douglass's autobiographies and speeches comprise some of the most intelligent, humane writing about the most inhumane aspect of America's history: slavery. Unfortunately, the people who put this compilation together failed to treat the material with the respect it so desperately deserves. The text itself was apparently downloaded from the Gutenberg Project and then simply dumped into an ePub converter with little supervision. They didn't even bother to pirate Gutenberg's ePub or mobi versions: this was apparently the .txt version, being as text that should be italicized is merely surrounded by underscores, like this: _italic_. If you want to read these texts (and you really, really should), save your two bucks and go over to Gutenberg dot org and download them for free. In the meantime, I hope the staff at Amazon has the good taste and integrity to remove this low-quality bootleg from their store.
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Read about 6 months ago. Still quoting his work. It is a very interesting perspective from a horrible time in our countries past. One thing is clear, Frederick Douglass was being tossed out of Rail cars and public transportation long before Rosa Parks ever existed. Very astounded by the level of intellect achieved by Frederick Douglass and his ability to lay it before the reader. It's not an easy read by any means but it is profound in many ways. This body of writing is one of the greatest books of philosophy and US history ever written.

If you've read other American intellectuals, Founding Fathers, philosophers and progressive Authors like Heller, Vonnegut and Sinclair Lewis, you will chew through this book. If you are a Student of history, philosophy, US Civil War, slavery, or African American, this book is a MUST READ book. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone with an inkling of desire to learn about the struggles of not just African Americans pre-Civil War and post-Civil War but of America and it's struggle to come to terms with slavery as a young nation.

Frederick Douglass, a Freedom Fighter, fighter for rights of all minorities, women and a truly free and fair country where all men are indeed created equal. The Kindle price made it an even sweeter read!
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An orphan slave learns to read and write with no more help than a straw thrown to a drowning man. Brought into existence and raised in a universe designed to break his sprit, confine his body, and limit his imagination Frederick Douglas manges to overcome it all. When little more than a boy, he holds together, recognizes and develops respect for his own humanity despite all effort to destroy it. He develops the vision to see beyond the universe he is confined in. He cultivates the ingenuity to conceive of an escape and the fortitude to do so. Having obtained his own freedom he then joins forces with 'the better angels of our nature' to fight slavery in America.

This is one of the great stories in human history: A testament to human ingenuity, strength and resilience. A reminder of how pious claims of higher morality and elevated humanity can be the veneer of the basest of humans.

Read this because it will strengthen your resolve to be a better and stronger (morally) human being.
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Frederick Douglass was a self taught man who started life in slavery and ended it as a free man. He was a writer, a newspaper publisher, a pastor. A contemporary of Abraham Lincoln and was instrumental in Lincoln's thought processes in regard to the Emancipation proclamation. He tells his story in a way that is both compelling and deeply moving. This was a brilliant man, whose heart was large. He loved God and his fellow man, white or black, and acted accordingly.
This work gives us a picture of what it was like to live in a land where, on one hand, people really were free and where a black man could be accepted for who he was and on the other hand, a place where, black men were held as property. Mr. Douglass does not mince words in regard to his life, but paints a picture of cruelty, and of kindness and compassion. Some of it is hard to read, from the standpoint of our world today, but it is well worth reading over and over.
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This book was very moving and informative. At times it is hard to read, when Mr. Douglass describes scenes of torment that he witnessed as a child. At times it's beautiful, as when he describes the hauntingly sad, disembodied voices of slaves, singing as they walk through the woods, and wonders how anyone could hear a slave sing and think him happy. I'm so glad that this exceptional man was able to escape slavery and live to tell about it. His story-telling and writing gift and his bravery to speak out, even though he could have been arrested in the north and dragged back to his former owner if anyone decided to turn him in, were vital to the abolitionist movement. No one could hear him speak or read his words and doubt that slavery was the oppression and torment of human beings just like themselves.
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I believe most readers will find this book to be one of the most powerful writings ever. When you read a book like Auschwitz (Miklos Nyiszli), you come away stunned at the horror even though you knew of the atrocities before hand. The same shock seems to occur after reading The Collected Works of Frederick Douglas. Even though we are aware of the damage done by slavery, this book will remind you that without reason, humans are capable of perpetrating the most abominable crimes.
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