The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass was Douglass' third autobiography. In it, he was able to go into greater detail about his life as a slave and his escape from slavery, as he and his family were no longer in any danger from the reception of his work.
In this engrossing narrative, he recounts early years of abuse; his dramatic escape to the North and eventual freedom, abolitionist campaigns, and his crusade for full civil rights for former slaves. It is also the only of Douglass' autobiographies to discuss his life during and after the Civil War, including his encounters with American Presidents such as Lincoln, Grant, and Garfield.
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... not the least of which was that a few times I caught myself wondering "how did they get such a good recording of Douglass?" Many, many pats on the back to Mr. Allen.
I've held Douglass as a hero for many years even without knowing the fullest details of his story. Knowing them now, I'd say first that it was WELL worth the 21 hours of listening to find them out, and second that it only builds my respect for one of our country's great heroes. Any student of American history should invest themselves in this audiobook.
Fredrick Douglass was an amazing man. This story is really a series of political essays about slavery with his life as the thread which holds them together. I would have liked to hear about his wife and family. He barely mentions them. The later part of the book seems to be Douglass defending himself regards John Brown, Freeman Bank and other issues. The narrator was excellent. Very easy to understand.
For me the most memorable moments were two: his betrayal at the time of his first plan to escape from slavery, and description of John Brown and their connection to one another.
Voice, deep and resonant, as one imagines Douglass would have sounded. The performance by the narrator, however, was somewhat too theatrical, round, and sing-songy for my taste. It was as if the book was being performed for a theater audience instead of being more modestly inflected as Douglass would have spoken it himself.
The story of Frederick Douglass's rise from slavery to world renown -- the 19th Century MLK -- is amazing.
I'm a history and science lover...
The point of view of Frederic Douglass, a slave, a hated man, is without a doubt one of the most detailed and hart fell narrative of a system that not only destroyed the life of countless families, but almost destroyed america. And gave way to the segregation system. More then anything else The life of Fredrick is a story of hard work, determination, and the courage to fight for that that is rightfully your, your own life, and liberty.
Richard Allen's voice is just fantastic.
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