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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass; Edited by John W. Blassingame, John R. McKivigan, and Peter P. Hinks; Gerald Fulkerson, Textual Editor; James H. Cook, Victoria C. Gruber, and C. Jane Holtan, Editorial Assistants

Nota Bene Edition, 2001

The autobiography of Frederick Douglass (1818–1895), Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, is widely regarded as a classic of American nineteenth-century history, of African-American studies, and of literature. In 1845, just seven years after his escape from slavery, the young Douglass published this powerful account of his life as a slave and his triumph over oppression. The book, which marked the beginning of Douglass’s career as an impassioned writer, journalist, and orator for the abolitionist cause, reveals the terrors he faced as a slave, the brutalities of his owners and overseers, and his harrowing escape to the North.

This edition of the book, based on the authoritative text that appears in Yale University Press’s multivolume edition of the Frederick Douglass Papers, is the only edition of Douglass’s Narrative designated as an Approved Text by the Modern Language Association’s Committee on Scholarly Editions. It includes a chronology of Douglass’s life, a thorough introduction by the eminent Douglass scholar John Blassingame, historical notes, and reader responses to the first edition of 1845.

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ISBN: 9780300087017
192 pages, 5 x 7 3/4

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass; Edited by John R. McKivigan, Peter P. Hinks, and Heather L. Kaufman

Critical Edition, 2016

Ideal for independent reading or for coursework in American and African American history, this revised edition of the memoir written by Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) of his life as a slave in pre-Civil War Maryland incorporates a wide range of supplemental materials to enhance students’ understanding of slavery, abolitionism, and the role of race in American society. Offering readers a new appreciation of Douglass’s world, it includes documents relating to the slave narrative genre and to the later career of an essential figure in the nineteenth-century abolition movement.

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ISBN: 9780300204711
264 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
7 b/w illus.

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The Heroic Slave: A Critical Edition

Frederick Douglass; Edited by Robert S. Levine, John Stauffer, and John R. McKivigan

2015

First published nearly a decade prior to the Civil War, The Heroic Slave is the only fictional work by abolitionist, orator, author, and social reformer Frederick Douglass, himself a former slave. It is inspired by the true story of Madison Washington, who, along with eighteen others, took control of the slave ship Creole in November 1841 and sailed it to Nassau in the British colony of the Bahamas, where they could live free. This new critical edition, ideal for classroom use, includes the full text of Douglass’s fictional recounting of the most successful slave revolt in American history, as well as an interpretive introduction; excerpts from Douglass’s correspondence, speeches, and editorials; short selections by other writers on the Creole rebellion; and recent criticism on the novella.

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ISBN: 9780300184624
304 pages, 5.5 x 8.25
6 b/w illus.

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The Speeches of Frederick Douglass: A Critical Edition

Edited by John R. McKivigan, Julie Husband, and Heather L. Kaufman

2018

This volume brings together twenty of Frederick Douglass’s most historically significant speeches on a range of issues, including slavery, abolitionism, civil rights, sectionalism, temperance, women’s rights, economic development, and immigration. Douglass’s oratory is accompanied by speeches that influenced him, his reflections on successful rhetorical strategies, contemporary commentary on his performances, and modern-day assessments of his rhetorical legacy.

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ISBN: 9780300192179
688 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
5 b/w illus.

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