He was born into slavery but secretly taughthimself to read and write - a crime punishable by death. Because of this, we now possess what may be the most eloquent indictment of slavery ever written.
This book takes us into the fields, cabins, and manors of the pre-Civil War South and shows in vivid detail the heartlessness of slaveholders. Douglass finally managed to excape and became a famous orator, minister, and leader of his people.
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This is the heart-breaking first-hand account by an American slave. Douglass was a wonderful orator and his writing sounds like a well-written speech. I look forward to reading his other autobiographies.
I bought this because it was assigned reading for my history class, however it has led me to the rest of the works of Frederick Douglass. Probably falls under the heading of the best book I've gotten from Audible yet.
It was an historical account of slavery.
Very emotive and compelling.
There were parts that made me cry because I know that they really did happen.
I enjoyed listening to Walter Covell narrate Frederick Douglass' life story. I was interesting and fact laden.
The reader had no breath control. There are strong inhales at the beginning of each sentence. This is voice-over 101 mistake. Had to purchase another version by another narrator.
I'll give everything a try
Douglass is a brillant writer, and I'm glad he was able to persist long enough to be able to write his memoir. Several things make this one of the best autobiographies I'd read:
He is truthful and when he don't know something, he says so directly. Although he obviously survived and overcome many adversities, he doesn't make it appear as a boast and it is this that makes his purpose, to call the audience to feel the need to take action no matter how slight. His honesty of his own actions is one of his greatest asset.
I really enjoyed this, and although what he had witnessed and gone through is heartbreaking, I also admire his courage of writing about the truth about slavery.
Very Very long introduction. This was an informative book, however, so much of the story had to be "left out" because of the serious repercussions to certain people helping the slaves at that time. Consequently, I never got emotionally involved with this man as a person. For example, his wife just "shows up" and he gets married to her. I was thinking "his wife??? when had he ever mentioned a woman that he loved? Now he's getting married?
(I would recommend the book "incidents in the life of a slave girl" which really had me by the heart.)
This book is a litany of horrific torture of slaves, but/and little else to the story. There was such a sense of hope in the other book, and it drove me to fully research the woman Harriet Jacobs.
In this book, I just felt depressed and felt, yes, an important book especially at the time of this writing, but I could have done without listening to it.
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