Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave

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Frederick Douglass tells his own story in this remarkable narrative—remarkable not only for the life it chronicles but also for its eloquence. Born into a system which forbade learning even the basics of reading and writing, the author discovers ingenious methods for teaching himself. Sent from master to master, place to place, he experiences the life of the house slave and the field slave in virtually all their degrees. He is fed reasonably well and starved, treated reasonably well and flogged. From the tobacco farms and comfortable city dwellings near the Mason-Dixon Line to the cotton plantation fields further south, he witnesses and experiences first-hand the evils of the South’s degrading “peculiar institution.” Finally fleeing to the North after nineteen years of forced labor, he is discovered to be a remarkably gifted voice for the enslaved masses in the South and for the struggling, often persecuted and hunted, free black men and women in the northern states. This edition includes the entire original manuscript. It is especially designed for use in secondary social studies and English classrooms. Editor’s notes, images, and numbered footnotes have been added to facilitate learning. Higher-level vocabulary words are identified and defined. Douglass’s detailed description of his escape—purposely left out of the original manuscript, written before slavery had ended—is included at the end.

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Douglass escaped slavery in 1838 and became a tireless campaigner for abolitionism. This autobiography lays bare the realities of slavery in antebellum America. The eloquence of Douglass' writing, with an immediacy and honesty found shocking at the time, make this an invaluable record of one of humanity's most shameful acts.

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Designed for school districts, educators, and students seeking to maximize performance on standardized tests, Webster’s paperbacks take advantage of the fact that classics are frequently assigned readings in English courses. By using a running thesaurus at the bottom of each page, this edition of The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass was edited for students who are actively building their vocabularies in anticipation of taking PSAT®, SAT®, AP® (Advanced Placement®), GRE®, LSAT®, GMAT® or similar examinations.

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