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Frederick Douglass: Selected Speeches and Writings (The Library of Black America series) Paperback – April 1, 2000
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“An outstanding contribution to the social history of the Negro in the United States.” —E. Franklin Frazier, author, Black Bourgeoisie
“[An] evident outcome of great labor and love, [this book] is a monumental piece of historical scholarship, contributing as much to vital aspects of American history as to the documentary portraiture of the nineteenth century’s greatest American Negro.” —Alain Locke, editor of The New Negro
“A veritable treasure house of historical information.” —Benjamin Quarles, author of The Negro in the American Revolution and Frederick Douglass
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Frederick Douglass wrote three autobiographies which are given in this volume. The first, shortest, and best was written in 1845, seven years after Douglass had escaped from slavery. It tells in graphic and unforgettable terms the story of Douglass' life as a slave, the growth of the spirit of freedom in himself. and the early part of his life as a free man in New Bedford.
The second autobiography was written in 1855. It repeats much of the earlier story and describes Douglass's visit to Great Britain.Read more ›
Douglass spent his first 20 years of life as a slave and was totally self-educated. He purchased his freedom (with some financial assistace) and wrote two best selling autobiographies before the age of 20. Thereafter, etited his own newspaper and gave brilliant orations in the days when great orators were famous.
Douglass's home overlooking Washington is now an historic landmark open to the public. As an old man he sat in his rocker on the front porch and greeted an endless string of young black men asking him how they could further the civil rights movement. His only advice was to "agitate", "agitate" and "agitate".
As a kid I recollect walking around with an "I Like Ike" sign. Winston Churchill was around then and was occasionally interviewd. Eleanor Roosevent was a driving force in Adlai Sevenson's presidential campaign. We kids thought her voice was very strange. The only name for niggers was niggers, who lagged closely behind Jews and Catholics in the society from which I came.
It's amazingly wonderful how much society has changed during my own lifetime. Diversity is America.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
OMG this man was so intelligent and well spoken. I was amazed at how he wrote. Every young person should read his stuff.Published 9 months ago by charlene nix
This book should be required reading for all schools, for all people. This is one of the most moving and mentally, spiritually, and emotionally impacting books that I have ever... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Blossom
Read Frederick Douglass instead of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Though white abolitionists were clearly on the right side and were doing better than most Southerners and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Stacey D. Hart
This is an extraordinary collection of materials relating to one of the most important episodes in American history, and the people who lived through them. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Robert C Ross