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Strusting of others He saw education as his ticket out of slavery but once he became educated he realized how much of a burden it was I would at times feel that learning to read had been a curse rather than a blessing It had given me a view of my wretched condition without the remedyin moments of agony I envied my fellow slaves for their stupidity I have often wished myself a beastanything no matter what to get rid of thinking After the publication of this book he feared for this identity so he fled to Europe because of The Fugitive Slave Act still he spoke against slavery He idn t believe in revealing too many secrets of his escape at times even referring to how the underground railway had become the uppergroundrailway or of the abolitionists and teenage friends who helped educate him I read this years ago but once I started reading the language and tone lured me and kept me involved until the end To read this American classic and historical treasure I suggest the Barnes and Noble Classics Edition for the great notes and letters from abolitionists the time outline and scholarly introduction and notations This book is not an important historical Les pingouins nont jamais froid document to be placed in a glass case and venerateduring Black History Month It should be read by all regardless of race or creed as a warning against prejudice and oppressionDouglass Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone description of the cruel conditions of slavery is mind searing His analysis of the system which fostered and condoned it shows amazingepth He shows that slavery made wretched the lives of the victims but that it also warped the perpetrators and created a regime in which people were afraid to object to injustice That a man could rise from such abject conditions get an education and not only share his knowledge with others but become a guiding star of the abolitionist movement is remarkable That he could be a good Christian and remain untainted by racial prejudice is a testament to his greatness of soul Once you learn to read you will forever be free This is powerful so so powerful This is a remarkable achievement considering it is written in such a straight forward manner by a man who taught himself to read There is no embellishment or ramatic imagery here it is simple straightforward harrowing fact It is such a strong narrative that I m extremely glad I read I recommend it to everyone Time for a reread What I like about Douglass than anything else at all is his clear thinking on subject peoples He saw that the iscrimination against blacks and women was from an identical stance That white men were imposing a structure of euality and entitlement that placed them at the top and everyone else far beneath them Indeed America s much lauded euality The Peoples Songs didn t apply to Blacks as they property not people It hasn t changed much in very many countries if not all but you can change theescriptive white to whichever group of men have ensured they are sitting at the top of the economic and social freedom tree But it is always menIn the UK where Douglass was on a speaking tour with William Wilberforce he emphasised that the emancipation of slavery had also to include that of women whose condition was also as owned property with few rights There is a uote I very much like I asked them why when they persecute men for religion or colour it was seen by the world as oppression and when they persecute women it was City of Big Shoulders dismissed as tradition The Goodreads author Emer MartinThe real reason I am going to reread this book is this wonderful reviewI love the review on here that says This book was kind of hard to get into because of the high level words used in this book In the 21st century a grown adultproduct of the USA s educational system finds the vocabulary of a self taught 19th century slave beyond their comprehension seriously God Bless America Thank you Mr Douglassthis was a life changer for me You are a true American hero and the fact that there are not monuments government buildings holidays or other commemorations of your life seems to me an oversight of epic proportions How often is it that you can honestly say that you ll never be the same after reading a book Well this life story of a singular individual has changed meirrevocably I will never be able to sufficiently express my gratitude to Mr Douglass for that extraordinary gift of insight I m just not sure how to properly express howeeply this story impacted me both with its content and its Blind Devotion (The Shifter Chronicles delivery Impressive seems such a shallow word I guess I will call it a uniue and special experience and simply state that this autobiography has been added to my list of All Time Favorites Being a fan of history in general and American history in particular I was somewhat familiar with Frederick Douglass and his reputation for being a great orator and a tireless opponent of slavery However this is the first time I ve actually read any of his writings and I was blown away utterly by the intellect character and strength of this American hero And make no mistake this man was a HERO in every sense of the word I can imagine few people in a generation with the combination of intelligence strength of character sense of morality charity and indomitable will as Frederick Douglass Here is a man who as a slave with little or no free time to himself spent every spare moment he had teaching himself to read and write Think about that In a very telling passage Douglass says that he knew how important it was to educate himself because of how vehemently his master was opposed to it I m paraphrasing but his message was What my master saw as the greatest evil I knew to be a perfect good Suchetermination and clarity of thought boggles the mind Rarely have a come across a person whose moral fiber I admire John Adams being the other historical figure that jumps to mind On the issue of slavery itself I am resolved that there could be no better My Name is Bob description of the horrendous evil of slavery than this book I previously read Uncle Tom s Cabin and while an important novel that story had nowhere near the effect on me that this oneid Again thank you Mr Douglass While there are many aspects of the narrative that are worthy of note the uality of prose the excellent balance between etails and pace and the fascinating events escribed the most memorably impressive thing to me was the tone used by Frederick Douglass to Billy Bragg describe his life and the people he came in contact withuring his time both as a slave and after securing his freedom Despite having seen and personally endured staggering brutality at the hands of white slave owners Douglass never NEVER comes across as bitter or hate filled towards all white people Had I been in his position I am not sure I could have been so charitable with my outlook He speaks frankly and in stark terms about the evil and brutality suffered by himself and his fellow slaves He sees great wrong and he confronts it boldly with his writing However he never generalizes people beyond his indictment of slavery and slave holders He Polly Prices Totally Secret Diary doesn t stereotype or extend his anger beyond those whom he rightfully condemns That is a person of great strength and even greater charity Theignity of the man is humbling to behold After finishing this inspirational never be the same autobiography Frederick Douglass has joined my pantheon of American heroes right along side George Washington and John Adams I plan to read further works by Douglass and can not strenuously urge others to o the same 60 stars HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATIO. Events of his life and is considered to be one of the most influential pieces of literature to fuel the abolitionist movement of the early 19th century in the United State.
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What a powerful piece of writing this is Slavery is such an ugly part of American history and this narrative tells all of the ordeals that Frederick Douglass had to overcome including whippings beatings hunger tyrannical masters backbreaking labor and horrible living conditions Douglass was born in Maryland in 1818 but even that year is a guess because slaves were generally not allowed to know their birthdate He knew little of his mother because the master sent her away and then she ied while Douglass was still a child It was whispered that his father was the master but he had no way of knowing for certainThere are some horrifying stories in this narrative But there is also inspiration because we know Douglass was able to escape and live freely My favorite part was when Douglass explained how he learned to read and write after he was shipped off to a master s house in Balti He was very clever and had to learn in secret because his master had said that slaves shouldn t learn to read because it would make them miserable and unmanageable But Douglass couldn t stand the thought of being a slave for life and he knew he had to learn to read if he wanted to run awayThe plan which I adopted and the one by which I was most successful was that of making friends of all the little white boys whom I met in the street As many of these as I could I converted into teachers With their kindly aid obtained at ifferent times and in Miss Shumway Waves a Wand different places I finally succeeded in learning to read When I was sent on errands I always took my book with me and by going one part of my errand uickly I found time to get a lesson before my return I used also to carry bread with me This bread I used to bestow upon the hungry little urchins who in return would give me that valuable bread of knowledgeHowever when Douglass read newspaper articles about slavery or about the abolitionist movement he became even upsetThe I read the I was led to abhor andetest my enslavers I could regard them in no other light than a band of successful robbers who had left their homes and gone to Africa and stolen us from our homes and in a strange land reduced us to slavery I loathed them as the meanest as well as the most wicked of men As I read and contemplated the subject behold that very iscontentment which Master Hugh had predicted would follow my learning to read had already come to torment and sting my soul to unutterable anguish As I writhed under it I would at times feel that learning to read had been a curse rather than a blessing It had given me a view of my wretched condition without the remedy It opened my eyes to the horrible pit but to no ladder upon which to get out In moments of agony I envied my fellow slaves for their stupidity I have often wished myself a beastFortunately Douglass had a plan to escape and he was able to flee his master s home in Balti and make it to New York which was a free state He was able to marry and became a passionate advocate for abolition I highly recommend this narrativeMemorable uotesI have often been utterly astonished since I came to the north to find persons who could speak of the singing among slaves as evidence of their contentment and happiness It is impossible to conceive of a greater mistake Slaves sing most when they are most unhappy The songs of the slave represent the sorrows of his heart and he is relieved by them only as an aching heart is relieved by its tears At least such is my experience I have often sung to rown my sorrow but seldom to express my happiness Crying for joy and singing for joy were alike uncommon to me while in the jaws of slavery The singing of a man cast away upon a On His Majestys Service desolate island might be as appropriately considered as evidence of contentment and happiness as the singing of a slave the songs of the one and of the other are prompted by the same emotionOn masters who profess to be good Christians I assert most unhesitatingly that the religion of the south is a mere covering for the most horrid crimes a justifier of the most appalling barbarity a sanctifier of the most hateful frauds and aark shelter under which the Different Class darkest foulest grossest and most infernaleeds of slaveholders find the strongest protection Were I to be again reduced to the chains of slavery next to that enslavement I should regard being the slave of a religious master the greatest calamity that could befall me For of all slaveholders with whom I have ever met religious slaveholders are the worst I have ever found them the meanest and basest the most cruel and cowardly of all others Thou shalt not kill Thou shalt not steal Thou shalt not bear false witness Thou shalt not covet and if there be any other commandment it is briefly comprehended in this saying namely Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyselfBut he willing to justify himself said unto Jesus And who is my neighbourRom 139 Luke 1029This short intense painful powerful book shows us very clearly that the regime in American slaveholding farms in the 19th century was similar to Nazi concentration camps Severe whippings were The Essential Good Food Guide dished out arbitrarily to induce a state of permanent terror If an owner killed a slave there were no conseuences Starvation level food was grudgingly allowed There was grossly inadeuate clothing and shelter And the only way out of this totalitarian regime was byying One Textbook of Wisdom difference aside from scale was that the Nazis wereeliberately working the camp inmate to In Defence of Dogs death and the slave owners wanted to extract maximum work from their victims So life on the plantation was probably marginally better than life in Dachau Oh yes another similarity was that both the Nazis and the slave owners were ChristiansFrederick Douglass has some severe things to say about religion in 19th century America I therefore hate the corrupt slaveholding women whipping cradle plundering partial and hypocritical Christianity of this land Indeed I can see no reason but the mosteceitful one for calling the religion of this land Christianity I look upon it as the climax of all misnomers the boldest of all frauds and the grossest of all libelsLater on he clarifies what he means What I have said respecting and against religion I mean strictly to apply to the slaveholding religion of this land and with no possible reference to Christianity proper for between the Christianity of this land and the Christianity of Christ I recognize the widest possible ifference so wide that to receive the one as good pure and holy is of necessity to reject the other as bad corrupt and wickedChristians of today may say well individuals may be corrupted and gravely misunderstand the meaning of the gospel but they must sadly note that the in the slave owning states the church was part of the problem there was no outright condemnation it was all considered to be Biblically sanctioned and the aily beatings rapes and murders were politely ignored by all right thinking people The examples of American slavery and Nazi concentration camps also indicate that on this earth there is never a shortage of sadistic men but that s a whole other subjectHOW FREDERICK LEARNED HIS LETTERS The controlled fury of the author makes every other paragraph of this remarkable book worth uoting I will limit myself to two very moving passages Young Frederick I think he is around 11 or 12 at this time is sold to new owners Very soon after I went to live with Mr and Mrs Auld she very kindly commenced to teach me the A B C After I had learned this she assisted me in learning to Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is an 1845 memoir and treatise on abolition written by famous orator and former slave Frederick Douglass uring his time in Lynn.
Pell words of three or four letters Just at this point of my progress Mr Auld found out what was going on and at once forbade Mrs Auld to instruct me further telling her among other things that it was unlawful as well as unsafe to teach a slave to read Now said he if you teach that n how to read there would be no keeping him It would forever unfit him to be a slave He would at once become unmanageable and of no value to his master As to himself it could o him no good but a great Revenge (The Red Ledger deal of harm It would make himiscontented and unhappy So this is the slave owner s very sensible view The genius of Frederick Douglass was that as a boy he realised that reading and writing was crucial So he slowly and painfully taught himself One of his tasks takes him regularly to a shipyard where the joiners write letters on the finished timber pieces to indicate where they are intended for S for starboard L for larboard etc I soon learned the names of these letters and for what they were intended when placed upon a piece of timber in the ship yard I immediately commenced copying them and in a short time was able to make the four letters named After that when I met with any boy who I knew could write I would tell him I could write as well as he The next word would be I No One Wants You don t believe you Let me see you try it I would then make the letters which I had been so fortunate as to learn and ask him to beat that In this way I got a good many lessons in writing which it is uite possible I should never have gotten in any other wayWe mayescribe this as literacy by stealth THE ORIGINS OF BLACK MUSIC IN AMERICAAnd finally as a fan of black music from the 20s and 30s this passage was both beautiful and sad for me to read Here slaves are returning from the The City Of Heavenly Tranquillity day s work While on their way they would make theense old woods for miles around reverberate with their wild songs revealing at once the highest joy and the Penguins Poems for Life deepest sadness They would compose and sing as they went along consulting neither time nor tune The thought that came up came out if not in the word in the sound and as freuently in the one as in the other They would sometimes sing the most pathetic sentiment in the most rapturous tone and the most rapturous sentiment in the most pathetic toneI have sometimes thought that the mere hearing of those songs wouldo to impress some minds with the horrible character of slavery than the reading of whole volumes of philosophy on the subject could oThey told a tale of woe which was then altogether beyond my feeble comprehension they were tones loud long and eep they breathed the prayer and complaint of souls boiling over with the bitterest anguish Every tone was a testimony against slavery and a prayer to God for eliverance from chains The hearing of those wild notes always epressed my spirit and filled me with ineffable sadness I have freuently found myself in tears while hearing themJust one last uote I have often been utterly astonished since I came to the north to find persons who could speak of the singing among slaves as evidence of their contentment and happiness It is impossible to conceive of a greater mistake Slaves sing most when they are most unhappy The songs of the slave represent the sorrows of his heart and he is relieved by them only as an aching heart is relieved by its tears Slaves Waiting for Sale by Eyre Crowe 1861 Heinz collection Washington DC Excellent It s an end in itself of course but I m also reading as a kind of preface to Caryl Phillips s Crossing the River Jesmyn Ward s Sing Unburied Sing and as an afterword to David M Oshinsky s Worse Than Slavery Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice The writing is marvelous On to My Bondage and My Freedom Book Review I first read the biographical introduction about Frederick Douglass and learned many new things I knew he wrote a few autobiographies but I never knew that he spanned them over 40 years of writing and that he lived for close to 80 years I then read both the preface by Garrison and the letter to Douglas They were excellent introductions to the narrative by Frederick Douglass They set the mood and get you ready to experience a whole new set of emotions when you read Douglass Life of an American Slave etc It really prepares you for the glory in the words and language You realize how much Douglass meant to the enslaved people It also gives you an overwhelming sense of sullen melancholy You almost can t believe that something like this happened to Douglass It is very powerful and emotional Douglass work Divine Beauty definitely is effective It moves the readereeply All I can say about book 1 is that I wa Powerful elouent and utterly moving especially considering it was written by a man who taught himself how to read and write while a slave The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass regrettably Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone does not go intoetail regarding the particulars of Douglass escape to freedom Having written his memoirs while slavery was still ongoing he was afraid to reveal his methods for fear of endangering the lives of those who assisted him as well as potentially shutting Down to the Sea in Ships down an avenue of escape for other slaves after him The reader must respect that and be satisfied with his well articulatedescriptions of life in the south while serving under white masters My copybook was the board fence brick wall and pavement my pen and ink was a lump of chalk With these I learned mainly how to writeAs with Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl I feel as though I should start by reiterating these simple truths about the narrative Yes Douglass Wife by Wednesday (The Weekday Brides, did write this book himself No he was not against Christianity only a staunch opponent of hypocritical Christians No heid not promote hatred of man his hate was of slavery The hearth is Dog Years desolate The children the unconscious children who once sang andanced in her presence are gone She gropes her way in the Chain of Fire darkness of age for arink of water Instead of the voices of her children she hears by The Devils Elbow (Mrs. Bradley, day the moans of theove and by night the screams of the hideous owl All is gloom The grave is at the oor This is Douglass grandmother he speaks of the woman who after raising generations of her master s family after increasing her master s wealth by training generations of her family she is sent out into the woods in her old age to live her remaining years alone while her family is taken away from her and sold After all she is of no use to him nowThe I embrace slave narratives the I learn that the good ones always teach new things the big screen hasn t fully capitalized upon So this one again highlighted the horrific chaining and whipping of slave women who stirred jealousy within their slave owners but it goes a step further into showing how the wives of slave owners were also brutal murderers and slave beaters We on t see this highlighted too often just as we Maharaj don t see this too often those black slave women given the separate concubine s houses in the country where the children were raised I tried to envision how a slave like Douglass could ever become close to a woman after viewing the treatment of his mother aunt and grandmother later his wife andaughter will Kuduz die before heid How could generations of black families survive let alone thrive in such environments In that case why expect this narrative to be anything less than the brutally honest passionate indignant pathos that it is Douglass lived with siblings but idn t even see them as family always wanting to get away always seeking freedom always i. Massachusetts It is generally held to be the most famous of a number of narratives written by former slaves The Stanforth Secrets (Lovers and Ladies, during the same period In factualetail the text escribes the.
Martin R Delany to publish a weekly anti slavery newspaper North Star Douglass was the only man to speak in favor of