Discuss Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass.
Prepare for David Blight’s visit by reading Frederick Douglass’ dramatic autobiography. (David Blight, 2019 Pulitzer Prize winner for Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, speaks here Thursday, December 5 at 7 pm.) Former slave, impassioned abolitionist, brilliant writer, newspaper editor and eloquent orator whose speeches fired the abolitionist cause, Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) led an astounding life. Physical abuse, deprivation and tragedy plagued his early years, yet through sheer force of character he was able to overcome these obstacles to become a leading spokesman for his people.
In this, the first and most frequently read of his three autobiographies, Douglass provides graphic descriptions of his childhood and horrifying experiences as a slave, as well as a harrowing record of his dramatic escape to the North and eventual freedom. Published in 1845 to quell doubts about his origins — since few slaves of that period could write — the narrative is admired today for its extraordinary passion, sensitive and vivid descriptions and storytelling power.
Community Partner: The Westport Historical Society.
For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821.