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The Collected Works of Frederick Douglass (Unexpurgated Edition) (Halcyon Classics) by [Douglass, Frederick]
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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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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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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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Douglass started from below zero and rose to become the greatest orator and one of the best writers of his time. It's a fascinating story, made even more fascinating as told by the man who lived it. Aside from its incredible social value it's a great read!
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Mr Douglas, through his experiences gives us a glimpse of the horror of slavery. He gives us an insight into our sordid past as no school history book has ever done before. Religion and the rule of law protected the slave-owners and those that profited by it. By exposing the lies of those in power and rallying public sentiment, Frederick Douglas was instrumental in bringing slavery to an end in America.
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This great man, a self-educated escaped slave, was truly an American hero. He was the ultimate civil rights leader, who more than any other black (actually half-white, half-black) person, actually realized for himself and for the rest of our nation the American dream. What a wonderful book!
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