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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

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Published: 1845
Language: English
Wordcount: 41,852 / 121 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62.7
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 4,972
Added to site: 2006.01.11 11364

The life of a gifted negro who became a famous anti-slavery orator.

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instances of murderous cruelty,--in one of which a planter deliberately shot a slave belonging to a neighboring plantation, who had unintentionally gotten within his lordly domain in quest of fish; and in the other, an overseer blew out the brains of a slave who had fled to a stream of water to escape a bloody scourging. Mr. DOUGLASS states that in neither of these instances was any thing done by way of legal arrest or judicial investigation. The Baltimore American, of March 17, 1845, relates a similar case of atrocity, perpetrated with similar impunity--as follows:--"_Shooting a slave._--We learn, upon the authority of a letter from Charles county, Maryland, received by a gentleman of this city, that a young man, named Matthews, a nephew of General Matthews, and whose father, it is believed, holds an office at Washington, killed one of the slaves upon his father's farm by shooting him. The letter states that young Matthews had been left in charge of the farm; that he gave an order to the servant, which was

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Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****

Powerful prose by one of America's brilliant orators and social critics. If you want to understand slavery and be inspired by one American's victory over it, this is a must read.



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