The Narrative of Frederick Douglass, by Himself
This narrative is the most beautifully written book I have ever read. Douglass’ use of words is powerful, emotional and noble.
He paints the most romantic picture for a topic that at the time of his publication was still raw and unresolved. He was in favour of the abolition and actually became a spokesperson for it, but rather than slander the corruption and all those involved he respects the individuals, both his brethren and ‘masters’. Despite his terrible ordeals he remains dignified throughout and it is thanks to the determination of him and other sympathisers that slavery was abolished.
A short book of only 100 pages or so, but I believe he has more publications. I also discovered that this book is part of the American history syllabus in the states and that for most students this book is compulsory. I enjoyed it, more than enjoyed. I felt his plight and that of every other unfortunate in the same position. In fact, I am still trying to get my head around the fact that slavery even existed, how anyone could treat another human being in the manner that is depicted in this book is…I don’t think a strong enough word exists.
I implore you to read this insightful slice of history, and like me, I am sure your eyes will open wide and will want to learn as much as you can about the truth.
(it is a free download in the Kindle store too!)