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Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895) The narrative of Frederick Douglass, an American slave. Written by himself.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05117 Author/Creator: Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895) Place Written: Wortley, England Type: Books Date: 1846 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Third English edition. Contains a frontispiece print of Douglass. Printed by Joseph Barker. Includes a preface to the second Dublin edition, preface to the first American edition, and a letter from Wendell Phillips (22 April 1845). Narrative is followed by an appendix and "American Slavery," a "Report of a public meeting held at Finsbury Chapel, Moorfields, to receive Frederick Douglass" (22 May 1846). Last pages contain information on the American Anti-Slavery Society for the "Friends of the Slave."

People: Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895.
Phillips, Wendell, 1811-1884.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Slave Life, Slavery, African American History, Abolition, Runaway Slave, Reform Movement

Sub Era: Slavery & Anti-slavery