My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I read the first of Douglass' three autobiographies, the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. Douglass is a good storyteller, evoking powerful and moving scenes from his slave experience and presenting interesting characters. In this book he did not describe his escape, because he didn't want to do anything that would negatively affect those who helped nor cut off a possible escape route for others. One can only imagine what his former slaveholders who are mentioned in the book must have thought if they read what he wrote!
One thing that comes in for lots of critique in the book is the professed Christianity of the slaveholders. In fact, his language is so critical that he felt it necessary to append and explanation that he was not critical of authentic Christianity, only that the slaveholders were not practicing it authentically.
I'm surprised that this short, concise book was not standard school age reading when I was a kid. I wonder if it is now? It should be.
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