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TEMPLE DE LA RENOMMEEle 13 août 2005
Frederick Douglass is respected both as a writer and as a man. He wrote three autobiographies, this one is the second (see Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave) first and it became very famous from its publication. And "Life and Times of Frederick Douglass" (1881,1892) is the third. These three books used his life and conditions for slavery and segregation. He was also famous for his courage and bravery, he go out from slavery of his own and managed to keep his dignity. He escaped in 1838 and became officially free in 1848 but he was still in danger, yet he decided to publically stand against slavery even before he became free. Such a thing was rare thus very courageous. In 1847 he created, published and owned his own newspaper "North Star". In 1852 he wrote and delivered a speech named "What's to the slaves the 4th of July?» a non aggressive text but a really clear one. During the war he met Lincoln and helped him founding an army of black men and worked for the American government after the war where he displayed honesty. He resigned when he understood the American government wanted to exploit Santo Domingo. He died in 1894 and was buried in the state of New York. His works became classics in American literature. At the turn of the XIXth century, America was divided in two (slave states and free states). In 1808, the African slave trade was out-law by the British Empire and the American government but this not put an end to slave trade. The climate between North and South helped anti-slavery organisations (the anti-slavery society founded in 1833 in Philadelphia by William Lloyd Garrison) He wrote the book's preface and founded the Liberator newspaper, which supported abolition (main tools of abolitionists). Garrison's voice led Americans to think about slavery and he also offered support to slaves. The problem of slavery was a multifaceted one (philosophic, economic, and political) in the 1830s. Of course it was easier for slaves in the North. In 1829 Walkel made a speech "An appeal to the colored people in the world" which became very famous. In the first half of the XIXth century, the slaves had to face many difficult conditions; such situations were unbearable so many of them started becoming mentally more resistant. The number of their rebellions increased with the number of slave narratives. Recently, many slave narratives were discovered and edited. Douglass is very famous, critics started studying the genre more seriously and three periods were discovered according to them. From 1611 (first importation of African slaves) to 1870; 6000 North American slaves told their stories (stories, interviews, pamphlets). Proximally, 100 of them were long enough to be published but length was not the main criteria (dates and period correspond to different styles
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TEMPLE DE LA RENOMMEEle 14 juillet 2004
Frederick Douglass is both respected as a writer and as a man. He wrote three autobiographies, this one is the first and it became very famous from its publication. After a few years Douglass rewrote it "My bondage and my freedom" (1855) and "Life and Times of Frederick Douglass" (1881,1892). These three books used his life and conditions for slavery and segregation. He was also famous for his courage and bravery, he go out from slavery of his own and managed to keep his dignity. He escaped in 1838 and became officially free in 1848 but he was still in danger, yet he decided to publically stand against slavery even before he became free. Such a thing was rare thus very courageous. In 1847 he created, published and owned his own newspaper "North Star". In 1852 he wrote and delivered a speech named "What's to the slaves the 4th of July?» a non aggressive text but a really clear one. During the war he met Lincoln and helped him founding an army of black men and worked for the American government after the war where he displayed honesty. He resigned when he understood the American government wanted to exploit Santo Domingo. He died in 1894 and was buried in the state of New York. His works became classics in American literature. At the turn of the XIXth century, America was divided in two (slave states and free states). In 1808, the African slave trade was out-law by the British Empire and the American government but this not put an end to slave trade. The climate between North and South helped anti-slavery organisations (the anti-slavery society founded in 1833 in Philadelphia by William Lloyd Garrison) He wrote the book's preface and founded the Liberator newspaper, which supported abolition (main tools of abolitionists). Garrison's voice led Americans to think about slavery and he also offered support to slaves. The problem of slavery was a multifaceted one (philosophic, economic, and political) in the 1830s. Of course it was easier for slaves in the North. In 1829 Walkel made a speech "An appeal to the colored people in the world" which became very famous. In the first half of the XIXth century, the slaves had to face many difficult conditions; such situations were unbearable so many of them started becoming mentally more resistant. The number of their rebellions increased with the number of slave narratives. Recently, many slave narratives were discovered and edited. Douglass is very famous, critics started studying the genre more seriously and three periods were discovered according to them. From 1611 (first importation of African slaves) to 1870; 6000 North American slaves told their stories (stories, interviews, pamphlets). Proximally, 100 of them were long enough to be published but length was not the main criteria (dates and period correspond to different styles)
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le 15 mai 2009
Comme le titre l'indique, le livre est un témoignage, celui de Frederick Douglass, esclave ayant gagné la liberté en fuyant vers un Etat abolitionniste.

Un livre qui fit grand bruit à l'époque, et qui est toujours une référence de l'histoire afro-américaine. Sans temps mort, le livre est captivant. Le style est bien travaillé, et touche souvent à l'élégance. Le fond quant à lui est une véritable curiosité pour qui se demande à quoi pouvait ressembler la vie quotidienne typique d'un esclave dans l'Amérique du XIXe.

En somme, un bon petit livre à petit prix, très riche d'un point de vue littéraire et historique, sans parti pris, et sans manichéisme, ce qui est appréciable sur le sujet. Une réflexion philosophique presque involontaire sur la dialectique esclavage/homme et les bouleversements qu'engendre fatalement le premier sur le second qui vaut aussi le détour. Définitivement à lire.
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le 1 avril 2011
Vous l'aurez compris, ce livre raconte la vie de son auteur, mais on est loin des autobiographies barbantes auxquelles nous sommes habitués.
Frederick Douglass nous fait le récit de sa vie de manière admirable, en nous donnant l'envie d'en savoir plus à chaque page qui se tourne.
Grâce à ce livre, nous pouvons entrevoir ce que les esclaves du Sud vivaient au quotien, de leur naissance "douteuse", aux traitements abominables qu'ils recevaient dans les plantations.
Cependant, il faut garder à l'esprit que Frederick Douglass faisait partie des quelques "chanceux" qui à l'époque, ont eu en main les outils necessaires pour comprendre la difference entre esclave et homme libre ( ici, c'est l'éducation qui là sauvé)et se sont revoltés contre cette difference.
Mais ce livre délivre surtout un message d'espoir qui est celui qu'un esclave est avant tout un homme.
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le 17 février 2011
J'ai dû acheter Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass pour les cours, et je ne l'ai pas regretté : c'est bien écrit, et évidemment émouvant et éducatif. On a tendance à penser qu'on sait tout ce qu'il y a à savoir sur cette période et sur l'esclavage... mais non. L'entendre de la bouche de quelqu'un qui l'a vécu rend la chose bien plus captivant et réaliste.
Et ce n'est pas trop cher !
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le 14 juin 2009
A rapprocher du "chain of voices" de l'auteur Sud Africain André Brink (qui y a peut-être trouvé une de ses source d'inspiration). Ce récit se lit en en un rien de temps et permet de mieux situer la société nord-américaine. L'auteur témoigne avec objectivité de sa condition d'esclave. Et nous dévoile également le cheminement des idées qui l'ont amenées à imposer sa liberté.
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le 31 janvier 2013
the story is very interesting, and so heart-wrenching! slavery is really a dark period for the us and it is so interesting to enter the lives of those who suffered it
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