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Presents the memoirs of the famed abolitionist and statesman who escaped to the North after years of enslavement and who became a champion of human rights. *Author: Douglass, Frederick/ Baker, Houston A. *Series Title: Penguin Classics *Publication Date: 1982/08/01 *Binding Type: Paperbound *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 7.75
Houston A. Baker, Jr.'s specialty areas are Victorian literature, American literature, and black American literature. He received a B.A. from Howard University in 1965 and his M.A. in English and American literature from UCLA in 1966. After doing doctoral work in Edinburgh, Scotland, Baker earned his Ph.D in 1968 from UCLA. He has taught at Howard University and Yale University, among others. In 1974 he joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, with which he has long been associated, to serve as director of Afro-American studies. He is a prolific writer and anthologist. Many of his books address issues of teaching in the academy, and he has often written of his classroom experiences and his efforts to change the profession of English.
"Considered merely as narrative, we have never read one more simple, true, coherent and warm with genuine feeling. It is an excellent piece of writing, and on that score to be prized as a specimen of the power of the Black race, which prejudice persists in disputing."
From the Publisher
This dramatic autobiography of the early life of an American slave was first published in 1845, when its young author had just achieved his freedom. Douglass' eloquence gives a clear indication of the powerful principles that led him to become the first great Afro-American leader in the United States.
Editors Note 1
Written more than a century ago by Frederick Douglass, a former slave who went on to become a famous orator, U.S. minister, and a leader of his people, this masterpiece is one of the most eloquent indictments of slavery ever recorded. Douglass's shocking narrative takes the reader into the world of the South's antebellum plantations and reveals the daily terrors he suffered as a slave, shedding invaluable light on one of the most unjust periods in the history of America. Published for the first time as a Signet Classic.