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Frederick Douglass

Charles W. Chesnutt

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Born into slavery, Frederick Douglass became one of America's great icons. He escaped slavery to become one of our great abolitionists, statesman, writer, orator, all around social reformer and intellectual of our time.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Sundays. The overwork and the brutal chastisements of which I was the victim, combined with that ever-gnawing and soul-destroying thought, 'I am a slave,—a slave for life,' rendered me a living embodiment of mental and physical wretchedness."

But even all this did not entirely crush the indomitable spirit of a man destined to achieve his own freedom and thereafter to help win freedom for a race. In August, 1834, after a particularly atrocious beating, which left him wounded and weak from loss of blood, Douglass escaped the vigilance of the slave-breaker and made his way back to his own master to seek protection. The master, who would have lost his slave's wages for a year if he had broken the contract with Covey before the year's end, sent Douglass back to his taskmaster. Anticipating the most direful consequences, Douglass made the desperate resolution to resist any further punishment at Covey's hands. After a fight of two hours Covey gave up . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Frederick Douglass was really a fascinating character, and if the truth is for those who look for it, Douglas honored this. His statement about changing his view about dis-union speaks for him:

"My first opinions were naturally derived and honestly entertained. Brought directly, when I escaped from

This book changed my life. Frederick Douglass was a powerful and optimistic man despite all his challenges. This is THE book people should read if they want to understand slavery.

a remarkable man

I enjoyed this book written some 120 years ago. This book helps cement the foundation of the respect I have for Black Americans who despite slavery kept a strong moral compass and not only endured but also rose to be admirable, respectable human beings.

I’ve just listened to this book and I’ve never heard of Fredrick Douglass before. But after hearing it my interest in him grew. I had to research different statues of him around the US and was keenly interested in the places he visited while in England. A great man with a great desire for equality.

A good biography that told the highlights of a great man.

Frederick Douglass’s extraordinary life receives a suitably inspiring exegesis in this fine, concise 1899 biography by the eminent author Charles W. Chesnutt – one great African American paying tribute to another.

In his Preface for this biography, Chesnutt modestly states that he “can claim no speci

An Important Read

Frederick Douglass by Booker T. Washington, another of my favorite people, is a very enlightening read concerning the emmancipation of the black race, and from a great black man.

Even though this is an old book, 1935 about, I enjoyed it and learned more about Doughlass and the Abolition era. This author, however, did not mention anything about the work Douglass also did for Women and their right to vote. He worked hard to get black men the vote then lent his hand to the wome

Quick read on an important figure in American history. A great primer for deeper study. A life that helped to define America at a pivotal time in our history. A must read.

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