My Bondage and My Freedom

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Born and brought up in slavery, Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) experienced the horrors of bondage but gained freedom and world renown as a lecturer, and one of the most important men behind the American abolitionist movement. This book is the deeply moving story of his life - as a slave, and as a free man.

Douglass wrote three autobiographies, in which the 1855 edition is the most detailed on his life as a slave. In it, readers are not spared the fullest and most graphic descriptions of the cruelty of slavery. Douglass describes his life on the Maryland plantation: the excitement and danger of teaching himself to read and write, this demoralization under a cruel master, and his daring escape.

In the second part of his tale, Douglass, now a fugitive, settles in Massachusetts and joins the anti-slavery movement. He recounts his travels to the British Isles and his first taste of freedom without prejudice, and his return to America to work as a spokesman for his oppressed people. In addition to recording his sufferings and his protests, Douglass also provides a keen analysis of the effects of slavery on its victims as well as on society at large.

Unabridged republication of the first (1855) edition.

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