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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Third EditionDavid W. Blight©2017
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Insights into the storied life and writings of Frederick Douglass.
In this revised edition, David Blight has tightened and revised the introduction to reflect new insights gained in writing a new biography of Douglass, particularly on how much Douglass modeled his writing on Biblical rhetoric and stories and the abolitionist’s appearance as a character in many works of contemporary fiction. Part Three features selected reviews of Douglass’s writings along with his own letters and speeches, with substantial explanatory headnotes. This volume also features updated versions of student aids from prior editions, such as the chronology of Frederick Douglass’s life, questions for consideration, illustrations, selected bibliography, and index.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: “A Psalm of Freedom”
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself
Preface by William Lloyd Garrison, May 1, 1845
Letter from Wendell Phillips, Esq., April 22, 1845
Related Documents*1. Caleb Bingham, *Dialogue between a Master and a Slave,
2. Margaret Fuller, Review of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass,
an American Slave, June 10, 1845
3. Ephraim Peabody, Narratives of Fugitives Slaves, July 1849
4. Nathaniel P. Rogers, Southern Slavery and Northern Religion: Two
Addresses, February 11, 1844
5. Frederick Douglass, My Slave Experience in Maryland, May 6, 1845
6. Frederick Douglass, Letter to William Lloyd Garrison, September 1, 1845
7. Frederick Douglass, What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July? July 5,
A Frederick Douglass Chronology (1818-1895)
Questions for Consideration