Frederick Douglass: Selected Writings and Speeches
  • Publication Date: July 21, 2023
  • ISBN: 9781554816316 / 1554816319
  • 282 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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Frederick Douglass: Selected Writings and Speeches

  • Publication Date: July 21, 2023
  • ISBN: 9781554816316 / 1554816319
  • 282 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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Universally recognized today as one of the most important and influential Americans of the nineteenth century, Frederick Douglass rose to prominence in the national abolitionist movement before and during the Civil War by virtue of the vividness and power with which, drawing on his personal experiences of enslavement and freedom, he spoke and wrote against American slavery—and he continued to propound his vision of an America that would afford freedom, equality, and opportunity to all long after slavery was formally abolished. This edition offers a selection of Douglass’s most significant writing and oratory from throughout his long career, including the complete texts of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, which has become a classic example of the slave narrative genre, and The Heroic Slave, Douglass’s only published work of fiction, together with excerpts from Douglass’s other autobiographical writings and key speeches he gave both before and after the Civil War. The edition also provides clear and thorough annotations for the assistance of the student reader and a range of contextual materials, including responses to Douglass’s Narrative and photographs of Douglass. As an introduction to Douglass’s life and work that balances breadth and concision, this edition is well suited for a variety of undergraduate courses in American history and literary studies.

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. Written by Himself

In Context: Responses to Frederick Douglass’s Narrative

  • Margaret Fuller, Review of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, from The New York Tribune (10 June 1845)
  • A.C.C. Thompson, “To the Public. Falsehood Refuted,” The Liberator (12 December 1845)
  • Frederick Douglass, “Reply to Mr. A.C.C. Thompson,” The Liberator (27 February 1846)

from “To My Old Master”

“What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?”

The Heroic Slave

In Context: Photographs of Frederick Douglass

from My Bondage and My Freedom

from “The Dred Scott Decision”

from “Self-Made Men”

“Men of Color, to Arms!”

from “Composite Nation”

from “Oration in Memory of Abraham Lincoln, Delivered at the Unveiling of the Freedmen’s Monument”

In Context: The Emancipation Memorial (“Freedmen’s Monument”)

  • Frederick Douglass, Letter to the Editor of the National Republican (19 April 1876)

from Life and Times of Frederick Douglass

In Context: The Black Man at the White House

  • from “The Black Man at the White House: Frederick Douglass at Bryan Hall; Lecture in Aid of the ‘Ladies’ Freedmen’s Aid Society,’” Chicago Tribune (28 February 1864)