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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave is the sometimes graphic but always stirring story of a man born into bondage yet striving for freedom. Sentimentality and romanticism of life in the 1880's American south is conspicuously absent from this work. Rather, Douglass writes with sharp clarity of the reality faced daily by slaves in the American south. Through his use of vibrant yet unembellished prose, Douglass transports the...
The Heroic Slave
Madison Washington was a slave, a runaway slave, that is. He had tried to runaway but his master had caught him and given him forty lashes. As he is in a deep mood of sorrow, he talks to himself in the woods and makes a moving and touching speech. A nearby white man, who is going up to Ohio, hears him, and from then on, vows to be an abolitionist. Five years later, the man, Mr. Listwell, and his wife were sitting in their living room at the dead of ni...