Thou shalt not kill Thou shalt not steal Thou shalt not bear false witness Thou shalt not covet and if there be any other commandment it is briefly comprehended in this saying namely Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyselfBut he willing to justify himself said unto Jesus And who is my neighbourRom 139 Luke 1029This short intense Hook painfulowerful book shows us very clearly that the regime in American slaveholding farms in the 19th century was similar to Nazi concentration camps Severe whippings were dished out arbitrarily to induce a state of Zero Hour (Expeditionary Force Book, permanent terror If an owner killed a slave there were no conseuences Starvation level food was grudgingly allowed There was grossly inadeuate clothing and shelter And the only way out of this totalitarian regime was by dying One difference aside from scale was that the Nazis were deliberately working the camp inmate to death and the slave owners wanted to extract maximum work from their victims So life on thelantation was Magi (Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Official Guidebook) probably marginally better than life in Dachau Oh yes another similarity was that both the Nazis and the slave owners were ChristiansFrederick Douglass has some severe things to say about religion in 19th century America I therefore hate the corrupt slaveholding women whipping cradlelundering Forever partial and hypocritical Christianity of this land Indeed I can see no reason but the most deceitful one for calling the religion of this land Christianity I look upon it as the climax of all misnomers the boldest of all frauds and the grossest of all libelsLater on he clarifies what he means What I have said respecting and against religion I mean strictly to apply to the slaveholding religion of this land and with noossible reference to Christianity roper for between the Christianity of this land and the Christianity of Christ I recognize the widest ossible difference so wide that to receive the one as good Illuminatis pure and holy is of necessity to reject the other as bad corrupt and wickedChristians of today may say well individuals may be corrupted and gravely misunderstand the meaning of the gospel but they must sadly note that the in the slave owning states the church wasart of the People Will Talk problem there was no outright condemnation it was all considered to be Biblically sanctioned and the daily beatings rapes and murders wereolitely ignored by all right thinking Demon Divine (Demon Accords people The examples of American slavery and Nazi concentration camps also indicate that on this earth there is never a shortage of sadistic men but that s a whole other subjectHOW FREDERICK LEARNED HIS LETTERS The controlled fury of the author makes every otheraragraph of this remarkable book worth uoting I will limit myself to two very moving The Pearl Thief passages Young Frederick I think he is around 11 or 12 at this time is sold to new owners Very soon after I went to live with Mr and Mrs Auld she very kindly commenced to teach me the A B C After I had learned this she assisted me in learning to spell words of three or four letters Just at thisoint of my Healthier Together progress Mr Auld found out what was going on and at once forbade Mrs Auld to instruct me further telling her among other things that it was unlawful as well as unsafe to teach a slave to read Now said he if you teach that n how to read there would be no keeping him It would forever unfit him to be a slave He would at once become unmanageable and of no value to his master As to himself it could do him no good but a great deal of harm It would make him discontented and unhappy So this is the slave owner s very sensible view The genius of Frederick Douglass was that as a boy he realised that reading and writing was crucial So he slowly andainfully taught himself One of his tasks takes him regularly to a shipyard where the joiners write letters on the finished timber The Haunting of Sunshine Girl pieces to indicate where they are intended for S for starboard L for larboard etc I soon learned the names of these letters and for what they were intended whenlaced upon a Routledge Library Editions piece of timber in the ship yard I immediately commenced copying them and in a short time was able to make the four letters named After that when I met with any boy who I knew could write I would tell him I could write as well as he The next word would be I don t believe you Let me see you try it I would then make the letters which I had been so fortunate as to learn and ask him to beat that In this way I got a good many lessons in writing which it is uiteossible I should never have gotten in any other wayWe may describe this as literacy by stealth THE ORIGINS OF BLACK MUSIC IN AMERICAAnd finally as a fan of black music from the 20s and 30s this Crisis in Bethlehem passage was both beautiful and sad for me to read Here slaves are returning from the day s work While on their way they would make the dense old woods for miles around reverberate with their wild songs revealing at once the highest joy and the deepest sadness They would compose and sing as they went along consulting neither time nor tune The thought that came up came out if not in the word in the sound and as freuently in the one as in the other They would sometimes sing the mostathetic sentiment in the most rapturous tone and the most rapturous sentiment in the most The Return of the Twelves pathetic toneI have sometimes thought that the mere hearing of those songs would do to impress some minds with the horrible character of slavery than the reading of whole volumes ofhilosophy on the subject could doThey told a tale of woe which was then altogether beyond my feeble comprehension they were tones loud long and deep they breathed the Dizzy Jimmy prayer and complaint of souls boiling over with the bitterest anguish Every tone was a testimony against slavery and arayer to God for deliverance from chains The hearing of those wild notes always depressed my spirit and filled me with ineffable sadness I have freuently found myself in tears while hearing themJust one last uote I have often been utterly astonished since I came to the north to find Locuras lejos de casa! (Serie Lady Pecas 1) persons who could speak of the singing among slaves as evidence of their contentment and happiness It is impossible to conceive of a greater mistake Slaves sing most when they are most unhappy The songs of the slave represent the sorrows of his heart and he is relieved by them only as an aching heart is relieved by its tears Slaves Waiting for Sale by Eyre Crowe 1861 Heinz collection Washington DC Powerful elouent and utterly moving especially considering it was written by a man who taught himself how to read and write while a slave The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass regrettably does not go into detail regarding thearticulars of Douglass escape to freedom Having written his memoirs while slavery was still ongoing he was afraid to reveal his methods for fear of endangering the lives of those who assisted him as well as otentially shutting down an avenue of escape for other slaves after him The reader must respect that and be satisfied with #HIS WELL ARTICULATED DESCRIPTIONS OF LIFE IN THE SOUTH #well articulated descriptions of life in the south serving under white masters Once you learn to read you will forever be free This is owerful so so owerful This
is a remarkable achievement considering it is written in such a straight forward a remarkable achievement considering it is written in such a straight forward by a man who taught himself to read There is no embellishment or dramatic imagery here it is simple straightforward harrowing fact It is such a strong narrative that I m extremely glad I read I recommend it to everyone Moreover to emphasise the sheer depravity and brutality these slaves were subjected to the forward of the book suggests that Douglas had it easy It was written by a close friend of his who argues that in comparison with other tales of slavery Douglas s subjugation was mild and not too bad This in itself speaks volumes because this narrative relays an awful series of events It does make you wonder what awfulness the others contained if this is considered a lesser form of evil treatment Douglass had an awful childhood I do not recollect of every seeing my mother by the light of day She was with me in the night She would lie down with me and get me to sleep but long before I waked she was gone From a very young age he had no sen. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is an 1845 memoir and treatise on abolition written by famous orator and former slave Frederick Douglass during his time in Lynn. .
Se of closeness with anyone He was separated from his mother at the incredibly young age of ten months When his mother later dies he simply doesn t care He s not formed a lasting bond with her so her demise is like the نشانیها passing of a stranger she means nothing to him They didn t have enough time together for Douglass to have conceptualised who thiserson was to him Indeed he has very little conception of the world outside his slavery He doesn t fully conceive the harshness h What a Ask Yourself This powerfuliece of writing this is Slavery is such an ugly Good Witch, Bad Witch part of American history and this narrative tells all of the ordeals that Frederick Douglass had to overcome including whippings beatings hunger tyrannical masters backbreaking labor and horrible living conditions Douglass was born in Maryland in 1818 but even that year is a guess because slaves were generally not allowed to know their birthdate He knew little of his mother because the master sent her away and then she died while Douglass was still a child It was whispered that his father was the master but he had no way of knowing for certainThere are some horrifying stories in this narrative But there is also inspiration because we know Douglass was able to escape and live freely My favoriteart was when Douglass explained how he learned to read and write after he was shipped off to a master s house in Balti He was very clever and had to learn in secret because his master had said that slaves shouldn t learn to read because it would make them miserable and unmanageable But Douglass couldn t stand the thought of being a slave for life and he knew he had to learn to read if he wanted to run awayThe The Tokyo Zodiac Murders plan which I adopted and the one by which I was most successful was that of making friends of all the little white boys whom I met in the street As many of these as I could I converted into teachers With their kindly aid obtained at different times and in differentlaces I finally succeeded in learning to read When I was sent on errands I always took my book with me and by going one Yours, Mine and Ours (Second Chances part of my errand uickly I found time to get a lesson before my return I used also to carry bread with me This bread I used to bestow upon the hungry little urchins who in return would give me that valuable bread of knowledgeHowever when Douglass read newspaper articles about slavery or about the abolitionist movement he became even upsetThe I read the I was led to abhor and detest my enslavers I could regard them in no other light than a band of successful robbers who had left their homes and gone to Africa and stolen us from our homes and in a strange land reduced us to slavery I loathed them as the meanest as well as the most wicked of men As I read and contemplated the subject behold that very discontentment which Master Hugh hadredicted would follow my learning to read had already come to torment and sting my soul to unutterable anguish As I writhed under it I would at times feel that learning to read had been a curse rather than a blessing It had given me a view of my wretched condition without the remedy It opened my eyes to the horrible Riverview, Gone But Not Forgotten pit but to no ladder upon which to get out In moments of agony I envied my fellow slaves for their stupidity I have often wished myself a beastFortunately Douglass had alan to escape and he was able to flee his master s home in Balti and make it to New York which was a free state He was able to marry and became a Boneshaker (BA 43-500, passionate advocate for abolition I highly recommend this narrativeMemorable uotesI have often been utterly astonished since I came to the north to findersons who could speak of the singing among slaves as evidence of their contentment and happiness It is impossible to conceive of a greater mistake Slaves sing most when they are most unhappy The songs of the slave represent the sorrows of his heart and he is relieved by them only as an aching heart is relieved by its tears At least such is my experience I have often sung to drown my sorrow but seldom to express my happiness Crying for joy and singing for joy were alike uncommon to me while in the jaws of slavery The singing of a man cast away upon a desolate island might be as appropriately considered as evidence of contentment and happiness as the singing of a slave the songs of the one and of the other are A Star Is Born prompted by the same emotionOn masters whorofess to be good Christians I assert most unhesitatingly that the religion of the south is a mere covering for the most horrid crimes a justifier of the most appalling barbarity a sanctifier of the most hateful frauds and a dark shelter under which the darkest foulest grossest and most infernal deeds of slaveholders find the strongest CSA Scenarios for the MRCGP, third edition protection Were I to be again reduced to the chains of slavery next to that enslavement I should regard being the slave of a religious master the greatest calamity that could befall me For of all slaveholders with whom I have ever met religious slaveholders are the worst I have ever found them the meanest and basest the most cruel and cowardly of all others Book Review I first read the biographical introduction about Frederick Douglass and learned many new things I knew he wrote a few autobiographies but I never knew that he spanned them over 40 years of writing and that he lived for close to 80 years I then read both thereface by Garrison and
the letter to Douglas They were excellent introductions to the narrative by Frederick Douglass They setletter to Douglas They were excellent introductions to the narrative by Frederick Douglass They set mood and get you ready to experience a whole new set of emotions when you read Douglass Life of an American Slave etc It really The Ornament (Ornament, prepares you for the glory in the words and language You realize how much Douglass meant to the enslavedeople It also gives you an overwhelming sense of sullen melancholy You almost can t believe that something like this happened to Douglass It is very owerful and emotional Douglass work definitely is effective It moves the reader deeply All I can say about book 1 is that I was utterly repulsed by what I read How any erson could do that to another human being because their skin is a different color is absolutely hideous I was so angry that I wanted to just scream out rofanities to the slaveholders Douglass memory and description is so vivid I could see the apple red blood drip to the floor almost like it was an IV at times when he whipped her so much there was hardly any blood left I wonder though if this was an exaggeration Garrison claims that it isn t but it is so vile and disgusting that it can t be real Can it In Book 2 at least we learn #that the slaves are treated a little better at times They go for a walk to the Great #the slaves are treated a little better at times They go for a walk to the Great House if they are a representative which gives them some time to themselves without the fear of a whipping They sing songs and have a little bit of fun at least although Frederick says that they never had any real joy with it not tears of joy or happiness I was so upset by this No joy and forced to go through all that they did It is horrible Also the rations they received were so minute I wonder how they ever survived In Book 3 The garden that was near the lantation was nice It would give the slaves something to look at except that it also tempted them to steal some fruit and vegetables which would result in severe Super Minds Level 2 Students Book with DVD-ROM punishing And all of this so far happened when Frederick was still just a child I often thought that it was just a game to see how many times they could whip a slave or get himher to do wrong It was almost as if theyurposely set them up using spies etc To try and catch them in the act I think that is incredibly inhumane and awful If I have this many feelings about the narrative so far it just shoes how great an author Douglass is He is able to capture attention and make you yell out in angst against the evil masters and overseers By the end of Book 6 we learn that Douglass has learned how to read and write He has also learned what an abolitionist is He begins to see out into real life rather than the life of a slave He has been through several new masters some good and some bad Also during this time he tells the readers that it is better off to be dead than to be Massachusetts It is generally held to be the most famous of a number of narratives written by former slaves during the same Challenged to Win period In factual detail the text describes the. Black slave in 19th century America In later books we learn that it is especially horrible when you have been treated nicely as a slave and then you go to alantation where they treat you despicably Douglass is extremely effective at showing his audience this Douglass also tells how he was shipped all over the Kids Draw Knights, Kings, Queens, Dragons place whenever his masters died or got tired of him I see how it becomes a game again I also see that maybe the slaves could be compared to the life of a nomad who has no one commonlace to stay Not an easy one to read but important to understand how bad the situation was Hearing about it or knowing of it is one thing Reading specifics is entirely another About Me For those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about laces I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media rofiles to get the details on the whowhatwhenwhere and my The Color of a Leader pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in theoll and ratings Thanks for stopping by This book is not an important historical document to be Into the Planet placed in a glass case and venerated during Black History Month It should be read by all regardless of race or creed as a warning againstrejudice and oppressionDouglass description of the cruel conditions of slavery is mind searing His analysis of the system which fostered and condoned it shows amazing depth He shows that slavery made wretched the lives of the victims but that it also warped the Dusk (Rosales Saga, perpetrators and created a regime in whicheople were afraid to object to injustice That a man could rise from such abject conditions get an education and not only share his knowledge with others but become a guiding star of the abolitionist movement is remarkable That he could be a good Christian and remain untainted by racial George Washingtons Secret Six prejudice is a testament to his greatness of soul Thank you Mr Douglassthis was a life changer for me You are a true American hero and the fact that there are not monuments government buildings holidays or other commemorations of your life seems to me an oversight of epicroportions How often is it that you can honestly say that you ll never be the same after reading a book Well this life story of a singular individual has changed meirrevocably I will never be able to sufficiently express my gratitude to Mr Douglass for that extraordinary gift of insight I m just not sure how to roperly express how deeply this story impacted me both with its content and its delivery Impressive seems such a shallow word I guess I will call it a uniue and special experience and simply state that this autobiography has been added to my list of All Time Favorites Being a fan of history in general and American history in articular I was somewhat familiar with Frederick Douglass and hi Excellent It s an end in itself of course but I m also reading as a kind of The Caretaker preface to Caryl Phillips s Crossing the River Jesmyn Ward s Sing Unburied Sing and as an afterword to David M Oshinsky s Worse Than Slavery Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice The writing is marvelous On to My Bondage and My Freedom My copybook was the board fence brick wall andavement my Clara After Dark - 01 pen and ink was a lump of chalk With these I learned mainly how to writeAs with Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl I feel as though I should start by reiterating these simple truths about the narrative Yes Douglass did write this book himself No he was not against Christianity only a staunch opponent of hypocritical Christians No he did notromote hatred of man his hate was of slavery The hearth is desolate The children the unconscious children who once sang and danced in her resence are gone She gropes her way in the darkness of age for a drink of water Instead of the voices of her children she hears by day the moans of the dove and by night the screams of the hideous owl All is gloom The grave is at the door This is Douglass grandmother he speaks of the woman who after raising generations of her master s family after increasing her master s wealth by training generations of her family she is sent out into the woods in her old age to live her remaining years alone while her family is taken away from her and sold After all she is of no use to him nowThe I embrace slave narratives the I learn that the good ones always teach new things the big screen hasn t fully capitalized upon So this one again highlighted the #horrific chaining and whipping of slave women who #chaining and whipping of slave women who jealousy within their slave owners but it goes a step further into showing how the wives of slave owners were also brutal murderers and slave beaters We don t see this highlighted too often just as we don t see this too often those black slave women given the separate concubine s houses in the country where the children were raised I tried to envision how a slave like Douglass could ever become close to a woman after viewing the treatment of his mother aunt and grandmother later his wife and daughter will die before he did How could generations of black families survive let alone thrive in such environments In that case why expect this narrative to be anything #less than the brutally honest assionate indignant athos that it is Douglass lived with siblings but didn t #than the brutally honest assionate indignant athos that it is Douglass lived with siblings but didn t see them as family always wanting to get away always seeking freedom always distrusting of others He saw education as his ticket out of slavery but once he became educated he realized how much of a burden it was I would at times feel that learning to read had been a curse rather than a blessing It had given me a view of my wretched condition without the remedyin moments of agony I envied my fellow slaves for their stupidity I have often wished myself a beastanything no matter what to get rid of thinking After the ublication of this book he feared for this identity so he fled to Europe because of The Fugitive Slave Act still he spoke against slavery He didn t believe in revealing too many secrets of his escape at times even referring to how the
railway had become the uppergroundrailway or of the abolitionists and teenage friends who helped him I read this years ago but once I started reading the language and tone lured me and kept me involved until the end To read this American classic and historical treasure I suggest the Barnes and Noble Classics Edition for the great notes and letters from abolitionists the time outline and scholarly introduction and notations Time for a reread What I like about Douglass than anything else at all is his clear thinking on subject Kenyattas Jiggers peoples He saw that the discrimination against blacks and women was from an identical stance That white men were imposing a structure of euality and entitlement thatlaced them at the top and everyone else far beneath them Indeed America s much lauded euality didn t apply to Blacks as they Coupage (Blood Nation property noteople It hasn t changed much in very many countries if not all but you can change the descriptive white to whichever group of men have ensured they are sitting at the top of the economic and social freedom tree But it is always menIn the UK where Douglass was on a speaking tour with William Wilberforce he emphasised that the emancipation of slavery had also to include that of women whose condition was also as owned In Search of Julien Hudson property with few rights There is a uote I very much like I asked them why when theyersecute men for religion or colour it was seen by the world as oppression and when they Raintree (Raintree, persecute women it was dismissed as tradition The Goodreads author Emer MartinThe real reason I am going to reread this book is this wonderful reviewI love the review on here that says This book was kind of hard to get into because of the high level words used in this book In the 21st century a grown adultproduct of the USA s educational system finds the vocabulary of a self taught 19th century slave beyond their comprehension seriously God Bless America. Events of his life and is considered to be one of the most influentialieces of literature to fuel the abolitionist movement of the early 19th century in the United State.underground railway had become the uppergroundrailway or of the abolitionists and teenage friends who helped