Frederick Douglass: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Pple red blood drip to the floor almost like it was an IV at times when he whipped her so much there was hardly any blood left I wonder though if this was an xaggeration Garrison claims that it isn t but it is so vile and disgusting that it can t be real Can it In Book 2 at least we learn that the slaves are treated a little better at times They go for a walk to the Great Farm House if they are a representative which gives them some time to themselves without the fear of a whipping They sing songs and have a little bit of fun at least although Frederick says that they never had any real joy with it not tears of joy or happiness I was so upset by this No joy and forced to go through all that they did It is horrible Also the rations they received were so minute I wonder how they In His Blood ever survived In Book 3 The garden that was near the plantation was nice It would give the slaves something to look atxcept that it also tempted them to steal some fruit and vegetables which would result in severe punishing And all of this so far happened when Frederick was still just a child I often thought that it was just a game to see how many times they could whip a slave or get himher to do wrong It was almost as if they purposely set them up using spies Desert Kings (Deathlands, etc To try and catch them in the act I think that is incredibly inhumane and awful If I have this many feelings about the narrative so far it just shoes how great an author Douglass is He is able to capture attention and make you yell out in angst against thevil masters and overseers By the An Officer and a Spy end of Book 6 we learn that Douglass has learned how to read and write He has also learned what an abolitionist is He begins to see out into real life rather than the life of a slave He has been through several new masters some good and some bad Also during this time he tells the readers that it is better off to be dead than to be a black slave in 19th century America In later books we learn that it isspecially horrible when you have been treated nicely as a slave and then you go to a plantation where they treat you despicably Douglass is Exposed (Annika Bengtzon, extremelyffective at showing his audience this Douglass also tells how he was shipped all over the place whenever his masters died or got tired of him I see how it becomes a game again I also see that maybe the slaves could be compared to the life of a nomad who has no one common place to stay Not an Ooko easy one to read but important to understand how bad the situation was Hearing about it or knowing of it is one thing Reading specifics isntirely another About Me For those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the whowhatwhenwhere and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by What a powerful piece of writing this is Slavery is such an ugly part of American history and this narrative tells all of the ordeals that Frederick Douglass had to overcome including whippings beatings hunger tyrannical masters backbreaking labor and horrible living conditions Douglass was born in Maryland in 1818 but Naked even that year is a guess because slaves were generally not allowed to know their birthdate He knew little of his mother because the master sent her away and then she died while Douglass was still a child It was whispered that his father was the master but he had no way of knowing for certainThere are some horrifying stories in this narrative But there is also inspiration because we know Douglass was able toscape and live freely My favorite part was when Douglass xplained how he learned to read and write after he was shipped off to a master s house in Balti He was very clever and had to learn in secret because his master had said that slaves shouldn t learn to read because it would make them miserable and unmanageable But Douglass couldn t stand the thought of being a slave for life and he knew he had to learn to read if he wanted to run awayThe plan which I adopted and the one by which I was most successful was that of making friends of all the little white boys whom I met in the street As many of these as I could I converted into teachers With their kindly aid obtained at different times and in different places I finally succeeded in learning to read When I was sent on rrands I always took my book with me and by going one part of my Claim The Crown errand uickly I found time to get a lesson before my return I used also to carry bread with me This bread I used to bestow upon the hungry little urchins who in return would give me that valuable bread of knowledgeHowever when Douglass read newspaper articles about slavery or about the abolitionist movement he becameven upsetThe I read the I was led to abhor and detest my Nerds enslavers I could regard them in no other light than a band of successful robbers who had left their homes and gone to Africa and stolen us from our homes and in a strange land reduced us to slavery I loathed them as the meanest as well as the most wicked of men As I read and contemplated the subject behold that very discontentment which Master Hugh had predicted would follow my learning to read had already come to torment and sting my soul to unutterable anguish As I writhed under it I would at times feel that learning to read had been a curse rather than a blessing It had given me a view of my wretched condition without the remedy It opened myyes to the horrible pit but to no ladder upon which to get out In moments of agony I In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, envied my fellow slaves for their stupidity I have often wished myself a beastFortunately Douglass had a plan toscape and he was able to flee his master s home in Balti and make it to New York which was a free state He was able to marry and became a passionate advocate for abolition I highly recommend this narrativeMemorable uotesI have often been utterly astonished since I came to the north to find persons who could speak of the singing among slaves as Bark evidence of their contentment and happiness It is impossible to conceive of a greater mistake Slaves sing most when they are most unhappy The songs of the slave represent the sorrows of his heart and he is relieved by them only as an aching heart is relieved by its tears At least such is myxperience I have often sung to drown my sorrow but seldom to On Such a Full Sea express my happiness Crying for joy and singing for joy were alike uncommon to me while in the jaws of slavery The singing of a man cast away upon a desolate island might be as appropriately considered asvidence of contentment and happiness as the singing of a slave the songs of the one and of the other are prompted by the same Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! emotionOn masters who profess to be good Christians I assert most unhesitatingly that the religion of the south is a mere covering for the most horrid crimes a justifier of the most appalling barbarity a sanctifier of the most hateful frauds and a dark shelter under which the darkest foulest grossest and most infernal deeds of slaveholders find the strongest protection Were I to be again reduced to the chains of slavery next to thatnslavement I should regard being the slave of a religious master the greatest calamity that could befall me For of all slaveholders with whom I have Cannibal ever met religious slaveholders are the worst I havever found them the meanest and basest the most cruel and cowardly of all other. Events of his life and is considered to be one of the most influential pieces of literature to fuel the abolitionist movement of the arly 19th century in the United State.

Once you learn to read you will forever be free This is powerful so so powerful This is a remarkable achievement considering it is written in such a straight forward manner by a man who taught himself to read There is no mbellishment or dramatic imagery here it is simple straightforward harrowing fact It is such a strong narrative that I m Man, Son of Man extremely glad I read I recommend it toveryone Moreover to Alter Ego emphasise the sheer depravity and brutality these slaves were subjected to the forward of the book suggests that Douglas had itasy It wa Powerful louent and utterly moving specially considering it was written by a man who taught himself how to read and write while a slave The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass regrettably does not go into detail regarding the particulars of Douglass Uncommon Wisdom escape to freedom Having written his memoirs while slavery was still ongoing he was afraid to reveal his methods for fear ofndangering the lives of those who assisted him as well as potentially shutting down an avenue of scape for other slaves after him The reader must respect that and be satisfied with his well articulated descriptions of life in the south while serving under white masters Thou shalt not kill Thou shalt not steal Thou shalt not bear false witness Thou shalt not covet and if there be any other commandment it is briefly comprehended in this saying namely Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyselfBut he willing to justify himself said unto Jesus And who is my neighbourRom 139 Luke 1029This short intense painful powerful book shows us very clearly that the regime in American slaveholding farms in the 19th century was similar to Nazi concentration camps Severe whippings were dished out arbitrarily to induce a state of permanent terror If an owner killed a slave there were no conseuences Starvation level food was grudgingly allowed There was grossly inadeuate clothing and shelter And the only way out of this totalitarian regime was by dying One difference aside from scale was that the Nazis were deliberately working the camp inmate to death and the slave owners wanted to xtract maximum work from their victims So life on the plantation was probably marginally better than life in Dachau Oh yes another similarity was that both the Nazis and the slave owners were ChristiansFrederick Douglass has some severe things to say about religion in 19th century America I therefore hate the corrupt slaveholding women whipping cradle plundering partial and hypocritical Christianity of this land Indeed I can see no reason but the most deceitful one for calling the religion of this land Christianity I look upon it as the climax of all misnomers the boldest of all frauds and the grossest of all libelsLater on he clarifies what he means What I have said respecting and against religion I mean strictly to apply to the slaveholding religion of this land and with no possible reference to Christianity proper for between the Christianity of this land and the Christianity of Christ I recognize the widest possible difference so wide that to receive the one as good pure and holy is of necessity to reject the other as bad corrupt and wickedChristians of today may say well individuals may be corrupted and gravely misunderstand the meaning of the gospel but they must sadly note that the in the slave owning states the church was part of the problem there was no outright condemnation it was all considered to be Biblically sanctioned and the daily beatings rapes and murders were politely ignored by all right thinking people The Art examples of American slavery and Nazi concentration camps also indicate that on thisarth there is never a shortage of sadistic men but that s a whole other subjectHOW FREDERICK LEARNED HIS LETTERS The controlled fury of the author makes God Is in the Crowd every other paragraph of this remarkable book worth uoting I will limit myself to two very moving passages Young Frederick I think he is around 11 or 12 at this time is sold to new owners Very soon after I went to live with Mr and Mrs Auld she very kindly commenced to teach me the A B C After I had learned this she assisted me in learning to spell words of three or four letters Just at this point of my progress Mr Auld found out what was going on and at once forbade Mrs Auld to instruct me further telling her among other things that it was unlawful as well as unsafe to teach a slave to read Now said he if you teach that n how to read there would be no keeping him It would forever unfit him to be a slave He would at once become unmanageable and of no value to his master As to himself it could do him no good but a great deal of harm It would make him discontented and unhappy So this is the slave owner s very sensible view The genius of Frederick Douglass was that as a boy he realised that reading and writing was crucial So he slowly and painfully taught himself One of his tasks takes him regularly to a shipyard where the joiners write letters on the finished timber pieces to indicate where they are intended for S for starboard L for larboardtc I soon learned the names of these letters and for what they were intended when placed upon a piece of timber in the ship yard I immediately commenced copying them and in a short time was able to make the four letters named After that when I met with any boy who I knew could write I would tell him I could write as well as he The next word would be I don t believe you Let me see you try it I would then make the letters which I had been so fortunate as to learn and ask him to beat that In this way I got a good many lessons in writing which it is uite possible I should never have gotten in any other wayWe may describe this as literacy by stealth THE ORIGINS OF BLACK MUSIC IN AMERICAAnd finally as a fan of black music from the 20s and 30s this passage was both beautiful and sad for me to read Here slaves are returning from the day s work While on their way they would make the dense old woods for miles around reverberate with their wild songs revealing at once the highest joy and the deepest sadness They would compose and sing as they went along consulting neither time nor tune The thought that came up came out if not in the word in the sound and as freuently in the one as in the other They would sometimes sing the most pathetic sentiment in the most rapturous tone and the most rapturous sentiment in the most pathetic toneI have sometimes thought that the mere hearing of those songs would do to impress some minds with the horrible character of slavery than the reading of whole volumes of philosophy on the subject could doThey told a tale of woe which was then altogether beyond my feeble comprehension they were tones loud long and deep they breathed the prayer and complaint of souls boiling over with the bitterest anguish Every tone was a testimony against slavery and a prayer to God for deliverance from chains The hearing of those wild notes always depressed my spirit and filled me with ineffable sadness I have freuently found myself in tears while hearing themJust one last uote I have often been utterly astonished since I came to the north to find persons who could speak of the singing among slaves as Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard evidence of their contentment and happiness It is impossible to conceive of a greater mistake Slaves sing most when they are most unhappy The songs of the slave represent the sorrows of his heart and he is relieved by them only as an aching heart is relieved by its tears Slaves Waiting for Sale by Eyre Crowe 1861 Heinz collection Washington DC Time for a reread What I like about Douglass than anythinglse at all is his clear thinking on subject peoples He saw that the discr. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is an 1845 memoir and treatise on abolition written by famous orator and former slave Frederick Douglass during his time in Lynn.

Imination against blacks and women was from an identical stance That white men were imposing a structure of The Matriarchs (The Family euality andntitlement that placed them at the top and Notes for the Everlost everyonelse far beneath them Indeed America s much lauded When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) euality didn t apply to Blacks as they property not people It hasn t changed much in very many countries if not all but you can change the descriptive white to whichever group of men havensured they are sitting at the top of the No Biggy! economic and social freedom tree But it is always menIn the UK where Douglass was on a speaking tour with William Wilberforce hemphasised that the Crush It! emancipation of slavery had also to include that of women whose condition was also as owned property with few rights There is a uote I very much like I asked them why when they persecute men for religion or colour it was seen by the world as oppression and when they persecute women it was dismissed as tradition The Goodreads author Emer MartinThe real reason I am going to reread this book is this wonderful reviewI love the review on here that says This book was kind of hard to get into because of the high level words used in this book In the 21st century a grown adultproduct of the USA sducational system finds the vocabulary of a self taught 19th century slave beyond their comprehension seriously God Bless America My copybook was the board fence brick wall and pavement my pen and ink was a lump of chalk With these I learned mainly how to writeAs with Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl I feel as though I should start by reiterating these simple truths about the narrative Yes Douglass did write this Excellent It s an Attracting Birds to Your Backyard end in itself of course but I m also reading as a kind of preface to Caryl Phillips s Crossing the River Jesmyn Ward s Sing Unburied Sing and as an afterword to David M Oshinsky s Worse Than Slavery Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice The writing is marvelous On to My Bondage and My Freedom Thank you Mr Douglassthis was a life changer for me You are a true American hero and the fact that there are not monuments government buildings holidays or other commemorations of your life seems to me an oversight ofpic proportions How often is it that you can honestly say that you ll never be the same after reading a book Well this life story of a singular individual has changed meirrevocably I will never be able to sufficiently Deep Listening express my gratitude to Mr Douglass for thatxtraordinary gift of insight I m just not sure how to properly Bird-by-Bird Gardening express how deeply this story impacted me both with its content and its delivery Impressive seems such a shallow word I guess I will call it a uniue and specialxperience and simply state that this autobiography has been added to my list of All Time Favorites Being a fan of history in general and American history in particular I was somewhat familiar with Frederick Douglass and his reputation for being a great orator and a tireless opponent of slavery However this is the first time I ve actually read any of his writings and I was blown away utterly by the intellect character and strength of this American hero And make no mistake this man was a HERO in The Works of Saint Augustine every sense of the word I can imagine few people in a generation with the combination of intelligence strength of character sense of morality charity and indomitable will as Frederick Douglass Here is a man who as a slave with little or no free time to himself spentvery spare moment he had teaching himself to read and write Think about that In a very telling passage Douglass says that he knew how important it was to Unbuttoning the CEO (The Suits Undone educate himself because of how vehemently his master was opposed to it I m paraphrasing but his message was What my master saw as the greatestvil I knew to be a perfect good Such determination and clarity of thought boggles the mind Rarely have a come across a person whose moral fiber I admire John Adams being the other historical figure that jumps to mind On the issue of slavery itself I am resolved that there could be no better description of the horrendous My Teacher Is a Robot evil of slavery than this book I previously read Uncle Tom s Cabin and while an important novel that story had nowhere near theffect on me that this one did Again thank you Mr Douglass While there are many aspects of the narrative that are worthy of note the uality of prose the Supper Club excellent balance between details and pace and the fascinatingvents described the most memorably impressive thing to me was the tone used by Frederick Douglass to describe his life and the people he came in contact with during his time both as a slave and after securing his freedom Despite having seen and personally Moanas New Friend (Disney Moana) endured staggering brutality at the hands of white slave owners Douglass never NEVER comes across as bitter or hate filled towards all white people Had I been in his position I am not sure I could have been so charitable with my outlook He speaks frankly and in stark terms about thevil and brutality suffered by himself and his fellow slaves He sees great wrong and he confronts it boldly with his writing However he never generalizes people beyond his indictment of slavery and slave holders He doesn t stereotype or Professional Capital extend his anger beyond those whom he rightfully condemns That is a person of great strength andven greater charity The dignity of the man is humbling to behold After finishing this inspirational never be the same autobiography Frederick Douglass has joined my pantheon of American heroes right along side George Washington and John Adams I plan to read further works by Douglass and can not strenuously urge others to do the same 60 stars HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION This book is not an important historical document to be placed in a glass case and venerated during Black History Month It should be read by all regardless of race or creed as a warning against prejudice and oppressionDouglass description of the cruel conditions of slavery is mind searing His analysis of the system which fostered and condoned it shows amazing depth He shows that slavery made wretched the lives of the victims but that it also warped the perpetrators and created a regime in which people were afraid to object to injustice That a man could rise from such abject conditions get an Seven Dwarfs Find a House (Disney Classic) education and not only share his knowledge with others but become a guiding star of the abolitionist movement is remarkable That he could be a good Christian and remain untainted by racial prejudice is a testament to his greatness of soul Book Review I first read the biographical introduction about Frederick Douglass and learned many new things I knew he wrote a few autobiographies but I never knew that he spanned them over 40 years of writing and that he lived for close to 80 years I then read both the preface by Garrison and the letter to Douglas They werexcellent introductions to the narrative by Frederick Douglass They set the mood and get you ready to Berlioz, Vol. 2 experience a whole new set ofmotions when you read Douglass Life of an American Slave The Middle Sin (Cleo North etc It really prepares you for the glory in the words and language You realize how much Douglass meant to thenslaved people It also gives you an overwhelming sense of sullen melancholy You almost can t believe that something like this happened to Douglass It is very powerful and The Mediterranean Millionaires Mistress emotional Douglass work definitely isffective It moves the reader deeply All I can say about book 1 is that I was utterly repulsed by what I read How any person could do that to another human being because their skin is a different color is absolutely hideous I was so angry that I wanted to just scream out profanities to the slaveholders Douglass memory and description is so vivid I could see the Massachusetts It is generally held to be the most famous of a number of narratives written by former slaves during the same period In factual detail the text describes the.

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