The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Summary

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is a memoir and treatise on abolition written by famous orator and former slave, Frederick Douglass. 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 events of his life and is considered to be one of the most influential pieces of literature to fuel the abolitionist movement of the early 19th century in the United States.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass encompasses eleven chapters that recount Douglass' life as a slave and his ambition to become a free.

Book Reviews


Very good book.5 star

Overall, very good book.55

Devon Khristina

Strength and Courage5 star

This was such a detailed book about the struggles and achievements of Frederick Douglass. I’m thankful that I had the chance to read it and thankful that you all made it free. I very much appreciate the time he took to write this and all the effort that went into publishing this book. Saddened by the hardships of him and so many others but amazed by how he overcame the struggles and persevered to claiming his freedom. Thank you for your strength and courage.55


Informative5 star

Loved EVERY second55


Humbling5 star

Has man learned? Has he progressed? I dare say not. Sin still abounds. Satan still rules the globe. Hatred will grow but Jesus has overcome. Glad to read that his testimony was that God is his and I’ll meet Frederick one day in heaven.55


Miraculous5 star

What an incredible and rousing work ! This is my first exposure to Douglass' writings and i will seek more. An inspiration for anyone who seeks a better understanding of the human experience and the trials which men force upon other men. An even greater inspiration attesting to the ability of man to overcome the greatest of impediments and evils. Miraculous in every way !55


Deductive mind5 star

Dissecting the motives and deeds of slaveholders, he paints a vivid picture of how it was happening.55


Very relevant5 star

Unashamedly I’m a 50 years young black man who has just read this important narrative and American historical treatise and find it so relevant to the U.S. political and socioeconomic conditions of 2021…the demagoguery around CRT, voting rights, immigration and White-settler nationalism and religiosity actually parallels that of pre-Civil war and present day America. Things have improved but the sentiment of racial/caste/White settler nationalism hasn’t essentially changed from those times during Douglass’ bondage and eventual freedom. GOD HELP US!!!55

Nathaniel S..

Very interesting and enlightening5 star

A short but powerful book. Fredrick lays out his life story and shows on a very personal level the twisted, barbaric system of slavery in America. The book is full of deep and provocative insights. For instance he illustrated how a warm, kind white woman he served turned cruel and bitter after acquiring him as her first slave. When we think of slavery we often think of the whippings, the rape, the murder, but Fredrick illustrates the common, every day dehumanizing effects of slavery. I’ll remember much from this book.55

The Realreal

You’ve given me the inch5 star

I can’t turn away from this dense delivery of experience. What I’ve read cannot be unread, and the images I’ve seen in my mind cannot be unseen.55

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