|| "First published in the United States of America by Miller, Orton & Mulligan 1855. This edition published by Yale University Press 2014. Introduction and notes copyright 2014 by David W. Blight."
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|| Includes bibliographical references.
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|| MY BONDAGE AND MY FREEDOM -- LIFE AS A SLAVE -- ch. I The Authors Childhood -- ch. II The Author Removed from His First Home -- ch. III The Authors Parentage -- ch. IV A General Survey of the Slave Plantation -- ch. V Gradual Initiation Into the Mysteries of Slavery -- ch. VI Treatment of Slaves on Lloyds Plantation -- ch. VII Life in the Great House -- ch. VIII A Chapter of Horrors -- ch. IX Personal Treatment of the Author -- ch. X Life in Baltimore -- ch. XI "A Change Came O'er the Spirit of My Dream." -- ch. XII Religious Nature Awakened -- ch. XIII The Vicissitudes of Slave Life -- ch. XIV Experience in St. Michael's.
|| Born into slavery in 1818, Frederick Douglass escaped to freedom and became a passionate advocate for abolition and social change and the foremost spokesperson for the nation's enslaved African American population in the years preceding the Civil War. My Bondage and My Freedom is Douglass's masterful recounting of his remarkable life and a fiery condemnation of a political and social system that would reduce people to property and keep an entire race in chains. This classic is revisited with a new introduction and annotations by celebrated Douglass scholar David W. Blight. Blight situates the book within the politics of the 1850s and illuminates how My Bondage represents Douglass as a mature, confident, powerful writer who crafted some of the most unforgettable metaphors of slavery and freedom--indeed of basic human universal aspirations for freedom--anywhere in the English language.