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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass


Sometimes you have to fight for your freedom

Audience Grades 9+; used in Classical Conversations communities in Challenge I
Accessibility Most students will require minimal guidance, but parents may wish to follow up with a conversation about slavery in American history.
Preparation None required
Ease of use Regular print
Author Frederick Douglass
Page Count 69
Format Perfect bound; paperback
Publication Date 2015

General Description

Like Booker T. Washington’s Up from Slavery, Frederick Douglass’s autobiography speaks to the power of education. Though he is slave for most of his life, Douglass learns the freedom and influence that come from knowledge, particularly literacy. Readers follow Douglass’s life from master to master, watching him grow in wisdom and confidence as he pursues his freedom. Reading Up from Slavery and Narrative around the same time, students can contrast Washington’s attitude of patience and determination with Douglass’s attitude of justice and self-respect.