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4.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 5 4.67 (6 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frederick Douglass Narrator: Jonathan Reese Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN:
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Douglass spent his first 20 years in slavery, before escaping to the North. As a slave, he experienced both the kindness of his master's wife, who taught him to read, as well as the cruelty of sadistic overseers. This powerful story helped recruit many to the abolitionist cause. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 5/19/2011

    " This book is required reading in my African American History class. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 5/1/2011

    " I read this for my American Nonfiction class. I enjoyed it because of my particular interests in racism and its roots in the United States. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Risa | 4/24/2011

    " I remember being so proud of the man & this book that I wanted to cry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigael | 4/20/2011

    " Amazing book for learning about life for a young slave boy during abolitionist talks. This would be great for a high school senior or college freshman to read if you want to teach them about Slavery and abolition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 3/21/2011

    " should be manadatory reading for american history in high school "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jade | 3/21/2011

    " An excellent book about African American history (all grade levels) "

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About the Author
Author Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass (1818–1895), né Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, was born into slavery in Maryland. Upon successfully escaping slavery—on his third attempt—in 1838, Douglass became one of the key leaders of the abolitionist movement in the United States. An extremely gifted orator, Douglass repeatedly risked his own freedom as an antislavery speaker, writer, and statesman. A firm believer in equality for all people, including Native Americans, women, and immigrants, Douglass was also an activist in the women’s suffrage movement. He died in Washington DC, shortly after he attended a meeting of the National Council of Women, where he’d received a standing ovation for his enormous contribution to human rights.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Reese (d. 1999) was trained from an early age in music and theater. Of his many credits he was proudest of being a founding member of Berkeley’s Straw Hat review. Formidably intelligent, deeply sympathetic, and highly sensitive to his material, he was perfectly suited for literary narration. His many audiobooks include The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer, Just as I Am by Billy Graham, Travels in Alaska by John Muir, and Without a Hero by T. Coraghessan Boyle. A native Californian, Reese died in San Francisco in 1999.