Annotations for Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself : A New Critical Edition


Blackwell North Amer
A masterpiece of African American literature, Frederick Douglass's Narrative is the powerful story of an enslaved youth coming into social and moral consciousness by disobeying his white slavemasters and secretly teaching himself to read. Achieving literacy emboldens Douglass to resist, escape, and ultimately achieve his freedom. After escaping slavery, Douglass became a leader in the anti-slavery and women's rights movements, a bestselling author, and U.S. diplomat.
In this new critical edition, legendary activist and feminist scholar Angela Davis sheds new light on the legacy of Frederick Douglass. In two philosophical lectures originally delivered at UCLA in autumn 1969, Davis focuses on Douglass's intellectual and spiritual awakening, and the importance of self-knowledge in achieving freedom from all forms of oppression. With detailed attention to Douglass's text, she interrogates the legacy of slavery and shares timeless lessons about oppression, resistance, and freedom. And in an extended introductory essay written for this edition, Davis comments on previous editions of the Narrative and re-examines Douglass through a contemporary feminist perspective. An important new edition of an American classic.

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Book News
Frederick Douglass' 1845 account of how, as a young slave, he taught himself to read and, as a result, began resisting his white slavemasters to ultimately escape and achieve freedom is a classic of African American literature and an important document in U.S. history. This new edition of the Narrative includes a critical introduction by Angela Davis (History of Consciousness [emerita], University of California, Santa Cruz) and her two 1969 "Lectures on Liberation," in which she focused on Douglass' intellectual and spiritual awakening, and on the importance of self-knowledge in achieving freedom from oppression. Not indexed. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Perseus Publishing

A masterpiece of African American literature, Frederick Douglass's Narrative is the powerful story of an enslaved youth coming into social and moral consciousness by disobeying his white slavemasters and secretly teaching himself to read. Achieving literacy emboldens Douglass to resist, escape, and ultimately achieve his freedom. After escaping slavery, Douglass became a leader in the anti-slavery and women's rights movements, a bestselling author, and U.S. diplomat.

In this new critical edition, legendary activist and feminist scholar Angela Davis sheds new light on the legacy of Frederick Douglass. In two philosophical lectures originally delivered at UCLA in autumn 1969, Davis focuses on Douglass's intellectual and spiritual awakening, and the importance of self-knowledge in achieving freedom from all forms of oppression. With detailed attention to Douglass's text, she interrogates the legacy of slavery and shares timeless lessons about oppression, resistance, and freedom. And in an extended introductory essay written for this edition, Davis comments on previous editions of the Narrative and re-examines Douglass through a contemporary feminist perspective. An important new edition of an American classic.



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Perseus Publishing
A new edition of the African American masterpiece featuring critical essays by Angela Y. Davis.


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