An 1845 Review of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
"IT IS AN EXCELLENT PIECE OF WRITING, AND ON THAT SCORE TO BE PRIZED AS A SPECIMEN OF THE POWERS OF THE BLACK RACE, WHICH PREJUDICE PERSISTS IN DISPUTING"
February 20, 2019 By Literary Hub's Book Marks
Today marks the one hundred and twenty-forth anniversary of the death of Frederick Douglass. Douglass—who escaped from bondage to become a towering abolitionist, orator, and statesman—penned what is generally considered to be the most iconic and influential slave narrative of the period, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. First published in 1845 to quell doubts about his origins, the memoir was an instant success, selling 5,000 copies within four months and almost 30,000 by 1860.
Now considered a foundation text in the history of American civil rights literature, we thought we’d take a look back at one of the very first reviews of this vital and groundbreaking work.