My Bondage and My Freedom (2020)

My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass My Bondage and My Freedom Ex slave Frederick Douglass s second autobiography written after ten years of reflection following his legal emancipation in and his break with his mentor William Lloyd Garrison catapulted Dougla
  • Title: My Bondage and My Freedom
  • Author: Frederick Douglass
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My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass Ex slave Frederick Douglass s second autobiography written after ten years of reflection following his legal emancipation in 1846 and his break with his mentor William Lloyd Garrison catapulted Douglass into the international spotlight as the foremost spokesman for American blacks, both freed and slave Written during his celebrated career as a speaker and newspaper editorEx slave Frederick Douglass s second autobiography written after ten years of reflection following his legal emancipation in 1846 and his break with his mentor William Lloyd Garrison catapulted Douglass into the international spotlight as the foremost spokesman for American blacks, both freed and slave Written during his celebrated career as a speaker and newspaper editor, My Bondage and My Freedom reveals the author of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass 1845 grown mature, forceful, analytical, and complex with a deepened commitment to the fight for equal rights and liberties Edited with an Introduction and Notes by John David Smith
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  1. Rowena

    The remark is not unfrequently made, that slaves are the most contented and happy labourers in the world They dance and sing, and make all manner of joyful noises so they do but it is a great mistake to suppose them happy because they sing The songs of the slave represent the sorrows, rather than the joys, of his heart and he is relieved by them, only as an aching heart is relieved by its tears Frederick Douglass,My Bondage and My FreedomI ve never read such a detailed and insightful autobiograp [...]

  2. Lisa (Harmonybites)

    This is a great book, by a great American Skeptics looking at that statement might think, well sure you think that reading his own account Except I ve found autobiographies unintentionally revealing in fascinating ways Within the last year I read autobiographies and memoirs by Ghandi, Dian Fossey and Booker T Washington The first book lessened my admiration and liking, the second made me absolutely hate the woman because of her own words, and the last left me ambivalent And in the case of others [...]

  3. Caroline

    Remarkable, of course Eloquent, and a bit wordy in 19th century style, but Douglass needed to prove that a Black man could match the rhetoric of his white peers.I was most interested in Douglass s comments on the expropriation of the product of labor In skimming a couple of internet pieces on the availability of Marx s writing in America, it appears Greeley published some of his writing in the early 1850s My Bondage and My Freedom was published in 1854, when the impression left by the 1848 revol [...]

  4. Hana

    My Bondage and My Freedom reads like the best of historical fiction Douglass story is full of lively characters even the minor figures are vividly drawn The descriptions transport us instantly to a particular place and moment in time For the first eight years of his life Douglass was raised by his grandmother who had charge of the young slave children They all shared a cabin with a vegetable garden and the children mostly ran free on the plantation As he describes it he was a spirited, joyous, u [...]

  5. Ij

    My Bondage My FreedomWritten By Frederick DouglassPublished By Public Domain Kindle EditionMy Bondage My FreedomI have read in the past about Frederick Douglass the famed abolitionist, orator, statesman, and writer However, until reading this autobiography I knew nothing about him before he became famous This autobiography was published in 1855 and thus covered approximately thirty seven 37 of his early years Being born a slave, Douglass could only approximate the year of his birth He lived an a [...]

  6. Matt

    This book should be required reading for all American students Frederick Douglass account of his years as a slave and the early years of his public advocacy as a freeman is among the most poignant and morally forceful works I ve ever read Highly recommend it to anyone.

  7. Sumeyya

    My Bondage and My Freedom is unparalleled in its complete scope of the utter destructive effects of slavery upon individuals and the larger group There is NO other narrative, fiction or non, that describes the African American experience of bondage quite like this or in fact, at all Other great African American thinkers such as Du Bois or Washington are able to examine the effects of slavery on society through observation their accounts are mostly of African Americans experience post emancipatio [...]

  8. Larry Bassett

    I experienced this book as a combination of audible as well as an e book The e book went beyond the audible book in that it included a number of speeches that Douglas gave in the 1850s that were alluded to in the book This is the second of several autobiographies that Douglas wrote in his lifetime This book is a significant expansion of the first autobiography which was relatively short Although it recovers the territory of the first book it is a stunning presentation of the man s early and midd [...]

  9. Cynda

    Rowena of Reading for Pleasure suggested I read this book Once upon a time,someone read this book in a US American slavery readings course But that someone was decidedly not me So I took the plunge, and I am glad I did.I felt Frederick Douglass dignity and determination at every turn Made decisions and kept making decisions, being an ever evolving spiritual force for Good Kept talking about slavery once he escaped because slavery, as all lies, die in the Light of Truth Wisdom Freedom begins from [...]

  10. Iris

    Our house stood within a few rods of the Chesapeake Bay, whose broad bosom was ever white with sails from every quarter of the habitable globe Those beautiful vessels, robed in purest white, so delightful to the eye of freemen, were to me so many shrouded ghosts, to terrify and torment me with thoughts of my wretched condition I have often, in the deep stillness of a summer s Sabbath, stood all alone upon the lofty banks of that noble bay, and traced, with saddened heart and tearful eye, the cou [...]

  11. Thorin

    This is a very heavy read Frederick Douglass has an amazing gift of language and he uses it well in describing his story I wish everyone would read this It was at times so tragic that I could hardly stand it and I felt my heart breaking in my chest Other times I was thrilled with his soaring words from excerpts of his speeches that were included in the book Douglass observations about the institution of slavery are absolutely spot on and really helped me understand much about both the holders a [...]

  12. Wade

    This book ought to be treated as a vital pillar in understanding the history of humanity in our country Douglas tells his story of growing up in slavery, his gradual education as he took advantage of opportunities to to learn from the school books his young master brought home, and through this, his dissatisfaction with the state of things that would allow one group of people to subjugate and dehumanize another Along the way he wrestles with how he can pray to the same God that his horribly abus [...]

  13. Kristen Coffin

    One cannot easily forget to love freedom Much like Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass this book is an amazing telling of the life of a former slave and how he achieved his freedom It s a complete telling than Narrative having been written 15 years later it includes what happened to him in detail after becoming a free man.Its eloquent from start to finish at equal times sad or heroic or terrifying or hopeful But it s an easy read in that I was able to read it very quickly, the level of [...]

  14. Drew

    I wish when I was growing up in Maryland, we d read this autobiography by Frederick Douglass instead of learning about Lord Calvert or Francis Scott Key, given that so much of the author s story from birth on takes place in the Old Line State An eloquent, culturally astute, sometimes harrowing memoir, My Bondage and My Freedom was a bestseller in its day and still has much to share on the insidious ways that racism plays out in American culture.

  15. Howard Olsen

    This is Frederick Douglass story of his life as a slave, and his subsequent escape to the North Douglass doesn t just describe the physical cruelty of southern slavery, although there s plenty of harrowing detail about that He emphasizes the psychological pain suffered by slaves We speak now of grinding poverty, but slaves like Douglass had to suffer through something even worse the knowledge that their lives were not their own This is brought home when Douglass master a man Douglass had no reas [...]

  16. janet

    Douglass anticipated Althusser and Foucault s work on subject formation and Agamben s Homo Sacer and concept of the camp in this work and improved upon Hegel at his own metaphor whether Douglass was aware of the work or not all while trying to appeal to white liberals to end slavery peacefully though he eventually came to see that slavery wouldn t end without violence In reading about his adjustment to life after slavery in the north, I felt like I was reading the story of a new immigrant He doc [...]

  17. Camille Dent (TheCamillion)

    3.5 4 This is an absolutely beautifully written historical narrative History is not my strong point, but this book s eloquence captivated me Admittedly, some scenes felt a bit overwritten, with entire paragraphs dedicated to food or room description My rating would probably be higher if I had had the leisure to slowly work through all of that detail rather than having deadlines for reaching specific chapters for my class I love Douglass perspective and way of thinking, and I appreciate how he us [...]

  18. Jess

    To go through so much suffering physically and mentally and to come out on top so strongly while maintaining undeserving class is truly remarkable THIS is what kids in school should be required to read.

  19. Amber

    This book was wierd it was also disturbing bc it was gross and also it would have been a lot shorter if he hadnt explained so much that which was all about nothing but it was alot better than Mountains beyond mountains.

  20. Casey Taylor

    Classic, not because of great literary style but because of essential content Every American student ought to read the main body of Douglas s biography Especially insightful at points about American Christianity in antebellum America.

  21. Robin Evans

    An amazing true story of a slave who fought to become a free man Douglass tells his story in an unflinching manner, and you feel his pain His vocabulary is impressive and makes it a difficult read at times But totally worth the effort

  22. Nicholas

    Quotes Douglass was determined to let facts and theory, not personal pleading, bury slavery A man who was born and brought up in slavery, a living witness of its horrors who often himself experienced its cruelties and who, despite the depressing influences surrounding his birth, youth and manhood, has risen, from a dark and almost absolute obscurity, to the distinguished position which he now occupies There is not, beneath the sky, an enemy to filial affection so destructive as slavery It had ma [...]

  23. Mattr76

    When slavery was introduced into the Americas, I doubt anyone would have guessed the seeds for a great literary tradition would be planted along with the cotton and sugar cane If Solomon Northup s 12 Years a Slave is the American Odyssey, then Frederick Douglass s autobiography is something akin to the works produced by the legendary Athenian philosophers Simultaneously a straightforward, compelling biography and a rigorous humanist argument against slavery, this is an essential, thoroughly Amer [...]

  24. Paul Bulger

    In all honesty, the thing that compelled me to finally read My Bondage and My Freedom is the fact that president Trump didn t seem to know who Frederick Douglas was, and it s simply shocking to have a president who wouldn t be able to tell you anything specific about Frederick Douglas if asked without preparation.Of course many people, including myself, leaped at the opportunity to point out our president s shocking amount of ignorance toward the history of the country he runs, but it also serve [...]

  25. BenandDay Hamilton

    I ve been reading a lot of fiction lately and picked this book up in the fall of this year I wanted to start reading biographies of people of color and just less fiction in general I loved, loved, this book It s heart wrenching, angering, enlightening, and just so humbling Being a women of color in 21st century America, it s easy to look at the hardships now I d argue I have little anyway, I grew up very privileged and get caught up in all the hype But when I look back at those who came before [...]

  26. Daniel

    All too many Americans, alas, have only a limited knowledge of our history While our fellows may recognize a few names, how many can identify James Madison as the principal author of the Constitution or the reasons which compelled him and many others, including George Washington to meet in Philadelphia to draft it, six years after the British surrender at Yorktown And how many can identify that battle as the last significant conflict of the Revolutionary War And just as we don t know the high po [...]

  27. Matt

    Frederick Douglass s My Bondage and My Freedom should be required reading Written in the 1850s before the Civil War and the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution , it is a searing and sobering account of Douglass s life as an enslaved person in Maryland and as a freeman in the North following his escape from slavery Douglass s lucid prose describes the deprivations of slavery he witnessed and experienced, providing an indictment of the institution with unparalleled impact and insig [...]

  28. Robert

    My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick DouglassNote MBAMF is a sequel of sorts to Mr Douglass better known autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave I chose to read and review MBAMF as it is a complete version of this inspiring American s life story I longed to have a future a future with hope in it My Bondage and My Freedom published in 1855 is the second of three volumes of autobiography written by Frederick Douglas, a self freed and self educated ex slave [...]

  29. Nanette

    Spectacular piece of work which I highly recommend to everyone of every age There are so many themes worth considering and the narrative is literary and flows beautifully along the author s thesis as he relates his story from birth as a slave to his emancipation This is one for every bookshelf and every reader, young and old, male and female, rich and poor, American or not So many quotable lines and rich with imagery and lessons for life I wish the plethora of memoir writers today would take a c [...]

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