Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

An American Slave

Downloadable Audiobook - 2005
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Written more than a century ago by Frederick Douglass, a former slave who went on to become a famous orator, writer, journalist, U.S. minister, and a leader of his people, this masterpiece is one of the most eloquent indictments of slavery ever recorded.
Publisher: [Old Saybrook, Conn.] : Tantor Media, 2005
Characteristics: digital,stereo
Additional Contributors: Reese, Jonathan
Tantor Media
Notes: Downloadable audio file
Title from: Title details screen
Duration: 4:02:41

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fineplan Apr 24, 2018

This is about as depressing
and heartbreaking as you'd expect, but certainly an important read (listen). The audiobook narrator did an excellent job, though his injection of practical disbelief made it all the sadder.

JCLMELODYK Mar 15, 2017

In all my years of schooling I was never assigned this great work and I might not have thought to read it if it weren't for a New York Times podcast interview of Ibram X. Kendi, a professor of history at the University of Florida, who won the National Book Award for “Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.” He presents "the most influential books on race and the black experience published in the United States for each decade of the nation’s existence.."

Besides having to stomach Douglas's recounting the brutality of slavery the worst part was knowing many of those atrocities were committed by "men of God." The ways in which Douglas not only survived but rebelled against his assumed fate are astounding. I hope Professor Kendi's canon gets the attention it deserves so more people can rediscover this great work.


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