Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass

Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglas by Frederick Douglas (1845)

Review by Korey- Grade 11

Genre: Autobiography

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Rating: 10 out of 10 


Slavery has always been a subject covered in school and this year I had read it for my summer assignment which I really was not excited for but my mind had changed after reading it. Reading from the perspective of a slave, Fredrick Douglass, really does display how cruel slaveowners had treated their slaves and provides knowledge of how people of color have experienced racism in the past.

It was truly a great book to read. Originally, I thought it would be boring since I typically do not enjoy history but this book is so informative and tells the story of someone who had to go through such intense hardships.

Personally, I loved this book because it did not sugarcoat the atrocities slaves had endured in the past. There was also the character development of Fredrick as he became more aware of how brutal slaves were being treated really was interesting considering how the slaveowners had tried to limit the education of slaves to steer them from the mindset Douglass had developed. The story progressed smoothly and definitely is easy to read as it is mostly in chronological order.

This is perfect for those currently involved in some sort of education because this book tells the story of slaves to several generations who have not lived through these times. It is also good for people who are interested in the history of America.