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Frederick Douglass: My Bondage and My Freedom

Frederick Douglass: My Bondage and My Freedom

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My Bondage and My Freedom is an autobiographical slave narrative written by Frederick Douglass and first published in 1855. It is the second of three autobiographies written by Douglass, and is mainly an expansion of his first (Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass), discussing in greater detail his transition from bondage to liberty. Following his liberation, Douglass, a former slave, went on to become a prominent abolitionist, speaker, author, and publisher.

This is the first annotated edition of a work Eric J. Sundquist has called "a classic text of the American Renaissance." As Henry Louis Gates, Jr., has pointed out, My Bondage and My Freedom has been largely ignored by critics, in part because it is longer and less accessible than Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass but also because it has not, up to now, been "read" by a sensitive critic. "The latter reason is paramount and urgently needed to be addressed, and William Andrews is just the person to introduce Douglass's second autobiography to our generation of readers. He has few peers in nineteenth-century black criticism."

"Andrews's splendid introduction is the best essay on My Bondage and My Freedom and, indeed, on Douglass that I have read. It should gain for My Bondage and My Freedom the stature this book has so long deserved and so long been denied. Not merely the tale of a runaway slave written, remarkably, by a black man, it is a classic of American literature."--William S. McFeely, author of the Pulitzer prize-winning biography of Ulysses S. Grant and of the biography of Frederick Douglass



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