Narrative of the Life of Federick Douglass, an American Slave

A book that changed the world



particularly displeased with the relationship. Nonetheless, 11 years later, Douglass and Pitts remained together until his death. Douglass and Anna had five children together: Rosetta, Lewis Henry, Frederick Jr., Charles Redmond, and Annie, who died at the age of 10.


bestseller and was translated into many European languages. Even when Frederick Douglass‘s Narrative of the Life brought many fans to Douglass, some critics voiced skepticism that such exquisite prose could have been created by a former slave with no formal education. This is the story of his childhood, from the moment of his birth as a slave to the time of his escape from the North to freedom. It is an important political text, too. Slavery was still common in most of the

United States when Douglass published this book in 1845. To attempt to stop it in its tracks, he became a motivational speaker and journalist, thinking that if he taught people what slavery was actually like, they would understand why it ought to be abolished.


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