History Book Review 2

History Book Review 2 - Jason Kampsky Prof Sean Wiemann...

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Jason Kampsky November 26, 2007 Prof. Sean Wiemann History 161, Section 5 Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave . Austin, TX: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1997 Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass turned out to be a much better read the second time around for me. I had read the book once before during my junior year of high school. Though, for that class, we were examining the book as literature and not really so much as a narrative of a former slave. Granted, both times I read the book, the fact that Frederick Douglass was able to escape the suffocating hold of slavery struck me as overwhelmingly amazing. Douglass wrote this narrative during slavery, before the American Civil War, and during the strong abolition movements of the North. The narrative appears to be a chronological depiction of his life in the South as a slave, in the North, pretty much a slave, and as a freeman. Over the course of the narrative, Douglass explains the miseries, joys, causes, and effects of slavery on himself, slaves, and even the free white masters that he had close contact with over time. Suffice to say, Douglass gives the reader a first person slave perspective of a dark time in American history by telling us his story. Since Douglass had experienced everything in his narrative and lived to tell about it only proves how impressive this book is. He experienced the extreme atrocities of slavery first hand and he wrote this narrative as a testimony to everybody. He appears to have written this autobiography to fire up sympathy, morals, ethics, ect. in the reader to learn about the horrors and wrongs of enslaving another human being. Being a former
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slave, he obviously had strong feelings against the trade, but he also seemed to understand the importance of spreading the word about the abhorred economic practice. This, if any, is his purpose for writing this narrative. Douglass’s narrative demonstrates the most insight a reader could perceive of
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