Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

An American Slave, Written by Himself

By Frederick Douglass; Robert B. Stepto (Introduction by)

Belknap Press, Paperback, 9780674034013, 125pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2009

No book more vividly explains the horror of American slavery and the emotional impetus behind the antislavery movement than Douglass's "Narrative." Stepto's Introduction re-examines the extraordinary life and achievement of one of the nation's most important writers.

About the Author
Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey (Frederick Douglass) was born a slave in Talbot County, Maryland. He took the name Douglass after escaping from the South in 1838.

As a leader in the abolitionist movement, Douglass was famed for his eloquent yet incisive political writing. And, like his near-contemporary, Booker T. Washington, understood the central importance of education in improving the lives of African Americans, and was therefore an early proponent of desegregation.

A firm believer in equal rights for all, Douglass attended a meeting of the National Council of Women in Washington, D.C., in the hours before his death in February 1895.

Robert B. Stepto is Professor of English, African American Studies, and American Studies at Yale University. He is the author of A Home Elsewhere: Reading African American Classics in the Age of Obama, Blue as the Lake: A Personal Geography, and From Behind the Veil: A Study of Afro-American Narrative. Among his edited volumes are Chant of Saints: A Gathering of Literature, Art, and Scholarship; Afro-American Literature: The Reconstruction of Instruction; and Harper American Literature.