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Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895) My bondage and my freedom. Part I : Life as a slave. Part II : Life as a freeman. By Frederick Douglass with an introduction. By James McCune Smith.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05820 Author/Creator: Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895) Place Written: New York; Auburn Type: Books Date: 1855 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Published by Miller, Orton & Mulligan. Includes an engraving of a young Douglass by J. C. Buttre from a daguerreotype. Signed on front free yellow endpaper by Maggie R. Marriott 1 June 1861.

People: Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895.
Smith, James McCune, 1813-1865.
Marriott, Maggie R., fl. 1861.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Slave Life, African American History, Reform Movement, Slavery, Freemen, Emancipation, African American Author

Sub Era: Age of Jackson