Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself:  A New Critical Edition
Author: Angela Y. Davis
Reader's Review: In this international bestseller, Douglass lays bare the nature of enslavement in America. He argues in his narrative that “you have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.” Douglass is a master of linguistic and visual rhetoric. This volume edited by Dr. Angela Davis also contains “two philosophical lectures originally delivered at UCLA in autumn 1969. In these lectures, Davis focuses on Douglass's intellectual and spiritual awakening and the importance of self-knowledge in achieving freedom from all forms of oppression.” Just an extraordinary book. This is the edition of his narrative that I recommend. --Read and recommended by Baba Cole
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A masterpiece of African American literature, Frederick Douglass's Narrative is the powerful story of an enslaved youth coming into social and moral consciousness by disobeying his white slavemasters and secretly teaching himself to read. Achieving literacy emboldens Douglass to resist, escape, and ultimately achieve his freedom. After escaping slavery, Douglass became a leader in the anti-slavery and women's rights movements, a bestselling author, and U.S. diplomat.