Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is an 1845 memoir and treatise on abolition written by famous orator and former slave Frederick Douglass. Douglass’s Narrative is like a highway map, showing us the road from slavery to freedom. At the beginning of the book, Douglass is a slave in both body and mind. When the book ends, he gets both his legal freedom and frees his mind. And if the book is like a highway map, then the mile markers are a series of “epiphanies,” or moments of realization, that he has along the way. These events are turning points in Douglass’s life, but they also help show how he got there, and what he had to learn along the way.