My bondage and my freedom (1855)

Posted: June 1, 2012 in Frederick Douglass, Slave Narrative, Slavery period

Author: Frederick Douglass
Source: http://www.digitalbookindex.com/_search/search010histslaverylivesa.asp

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“My Bondage and My Freedom”  is the second of three autobiographical slave narrative written by the former slave, Frederick Douglass.  Published in 1855, it expands on his first (Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass – also available on this website), detailing his transition from bondage to liberty.

The book takes us along, meditating on the meaning of slavery, race, and freedom, and on the power of faith and literacy. It is also a portrait of an individual and a nation a few years before the Civil War.

As the narrative continues, Frederick Douglass— he was also a brilliant orator, and one of the most powerful voices of the American civil rights movement — transforms himself from slave to fugitive to reformer.

READ THE SCAN OF THE ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE

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