THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS PAPERS
Series Two: Autobiographical Writings
VOLUME 1: NARRATIVE
[Painting or drawing of head and shoulders of Frederick Douglass]
[Signature of Frederick Douglass]
Portrait of a young Fredrick Douglass. (Artist unknown, n.d.)
Series Two: Autobiographical Writings
Volume 1: Narrative
John W. Blassingame,
John R. McKivigan,
and Peter P. Hinks, Editors
Gerald Fulkerson, Textual Editor
James H. Cook, Victoria C. Gruber,
and C. Jane Holtan, Editorial Assistants
Yale University Press New Haven and London
ALD Douglass, Frederick,
449 The Frederick
.D734 Douglass papers.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895.
The Frederick Douglass papers. Series two. Autobiographical writings / John W. Blassingame, John R. McKivigan. and Peter P. Hinks. editors ; Gerald Fulkerson. textual editor ; James H. Cook, Victoria C. Gruber, and C. Jane Holtan, editorial assistants.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: v. 1. Narrative
ISBN 0-300-07196-5 (v. 1 : alk. paper)
I. Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895. 2. Abolitionists—United States—Biography.
3. Afro-American abolitionists—Biography. 4. Antislavery movements— United States.
5. Slaves—Maryland—Social conditions. 6. Plantation life—Maryland—History—19th century. 7. Fugitive slaves—Maryland—Biography. I. Blassingame. John W. 1940- II. McKivigan, John R., 1949- . III. Hinks, Peter P. IV. Title.
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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD
Mary F. Berry
Richard J. M. Blackett
David B. Davis
John Hope Franklin
Louis R. Harlan
Darlene C. Hine
George B. Tindall
C. Vann Woodward
|Introduction to Series Two||xiii|
|Introduction to Volume One||xvii|
|Statement on Editorial Method||li|
|List of Emendations||105|
|Line-End Hyphenation in the Copy-Text||107|
|Prefaces and Appendixes to the Later Editions||148|
|Reader Responses, 1845-49||169|
|Bibliography of Textual Appendixes||205|
Publication of the first volume of the Autobiographical Writings Series by the Frederick Douglass Papers marks a landmark in the history of this editorial project. In 1994, the bulk of the project's documents and editorial tools, created during two decades of work at Yale University, was transferred to West Virginia University. At that time, John W. Blassingame, founding editor and guiding spirit of this project since its inception in 1973, turned over the role of principal investigator to John R. McKivigan, who had worked on his staff at Yale from 1979 until joining the faculty at West Virginia University in fall 1989. To ensure continuity in the editorial quality of the Douglass Papers volumes, Blassingame has remained with the project in the new position of General Editor. He consulted closely with McKivigan both in devising the editorial procedures and in examining the final manuscript of this volume before its submission to the press.
Many individuals at three academic institutions need to be thanked for their assistance to the Frederick Douglass Papers in recent years, especially Charles Long and Raymond Novak at Yale University and Rudolph P. Almasy, Barbara J. Howe, Gerald E. Lang, Ronald L. Lewis, Nancy G. McGreevy, M. Duane Nellis, and Christine L. Tarabrella at West Virginia University. Their generous help minimized the disruption inherent in transferring a long-established editorial project to a new home. The Douglass Papers also is greatly indebted to its program officers, Richard Sheldon of the National Historic Publications and Records Commission and Douglas Arnold at the National Endowment for the Humanities, for their advice and support during this process.
Over the years many graduate research assistants and undergraduate honors students contributed to the preparation of this volume, including Cecelia Bucki, Marcus Bruce, and Reeve Houston at Yale University, Brian Berkley and Maureen McCormick at West Virginia University, and Georgia Harmon Butts, Scott Mathis, and Brett Fulkerson at Freed-Hardeman University. The editors benefitted greatly from their scholarship and attention to detail.
Special thanks are owed to a number of other individuals. Richard G. Carlson, a former member of the Douglass Papers staff, contributed to formulating the editorial procedures for this series. Our textual editor,
Gerald Fulkerson, acknowledges the assistance of his Freed-Hardeman University colleague, Don Shull, in sight collating the various editions of the Narrative. Noel Polk, professor of English at the University of Southern Mississippi, consulted with the editors and performed the machine collation of the earliest Narrative edition for the Douglass Papers. Timothy Dow Adams, professor of English at West Virginia University, provided valuable guidance to the editors on current literary theory concerning the interpretation of autobiographies. The project is also greatly indebted to Lori B. Bessler at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin and Jane Miller at Freed-Hardeman University for locating and supplying many obscure research materials for this volume.
|ACAB||Appleton 's Cyclopaedia of American Biography|
|BDAC||Biographical Directory of the American Congress|
|DAB||Dictionary of American Biography|
|DANB||Dictionary of American Negro Biography|
|DHU||Moorland-Spingarn Library, Howard University|
|DLC||Library of Conress|
|DNB||Dictionary of National Biography|
|FDP||Frederick Douglass ' Paper|
|JNH||Journal of Negro History|
|MdAA||Hall of Records Commission, Annapolis, Md.|
|MdHi||Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, Md.|
|MdHM||Maryland Historical Magazine|
|MdTCH||Talbot County, Maryland, Courthouse|
|NASS||National Anti-Slavery Standard|
|NCAB||National Cyclopaedia of American Biography|
|NHi||New-York Historical Society|