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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass review []  2020-1-16 5:16

    These comments concern the CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform publication only. I realize that Amazon reviews often appear under the wrong title, so I wish that to be clear. Also, I would not wish this to be construed as a reflection on Douglass himself. I was happy to search his work very accessible and the future I will have to be more careful to avoid CreateSpace publications. I have several others, and I have experienced related issues with them. This, however, is the worst so far. It appears to be their goal to fill every square centimeter with print. The pages are printed from edge to edge, with not even a pencil width of margin, no zone at the head, and about one inch at the foot. There are no breaks between paragraphs, and the paragraphs are not even indented. As a effect of all that I found myself constantly losing my put while reading. My solution was to lay a bookmark across the bottom of each line as I read it. Also, as usual for CreateSpace, no title is printed on the spine of the book. In fact, they do not even have their own name anywhere in the book, only their San Bernardino address on the latest page.I do highly recommend it as a literary work, but search a various publication.

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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass review []  2020-1-16 5:16

    Douglass evokes extreme contempt for the institution of slavery. He does so with truths that are both profound and relevant. When he states, "I have found that, to create a contented slave, it is important to create a thoughtless one. It is important to darken his moral and mental vision, and, as far as possible, to annihilate the power of reason. He must be able to detect no inconsistencies in slavery; he must be created to feel that slavery is right; and he can be brought to that only when he ceases to be a man." it is a truth that pertains to every form of subjugation by all men in every epoch. This book enlightens while it presents a cautionary tale. Well worth the read.

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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass review []  2020-1-16 5:16

    Mr. Douglas suffered terribly at the hands of the a lot of slaveholders in Maryland who treated African Americans without mercy, beating them every whim of feeling superior, underfeeding them, robbing them of earned monies, separating families, forcing them into illicit sexual relationships with the so-called Masters. What is worse is these slave holders purported to be Christians. Mr. Douglas info us in the narrative of his rtunately Mr. Frederick Douglas overcame so a lot of obstacles to learn to read and write and eventually escape to freedom. He has told his story in such vivid detail that it created me weep. How could people claiming to be Christians be so blinded by their hate. These were not real followers of r are they today. Mr. Douglas explains his thoughts on this in the book to differentiate those who claimed to be Christians and those whose truly served Christ. He refuted the former and embraced the Douglas' story is a sad indictment of this nation's treatment of the people they enslaved. It is the story of so a lot of enslaved peoples during the period.We see the results today of the blood crying out from the earth for justice with our cities in turmoil because of racial issues today.We need another Frederick Douglas to rise up and speak truth to this nation. As this generation passes away will it be worse or will people have a true spiritual awakening and turn back the division in our culture which exists today?

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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass review []  2020-1-16 5:16

    Shockingly eye-opening look at slavery up close. Mr. Douglass tells his incredibly painful, yet triumphant story with such clarity and openness that while reading of his experiences, anyone with a heart will not so easily forget it. It was an simple read in that there was no struggle to understand every thought, word, idea, circumstance or emotion he conveyed to paper. Those same qualities, for me, was why it was one of the most difficult things to read. It is a painful (to say the least) reminder that no matter what color we are, or whatever differences we have, we must never again let ourselves to lose sight of our primary humanity toward each other.

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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass review []  2020-1-16 5:16

    Amazing historical read. My daughter had to read for 7th grade reading curriculum but enjoyed it immensely.

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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass review []  2020-1-16 5:16

    I'm not sure just how a lot of private acc stories we have from slaves in first-hand written form. As far as I know Frederick Douglass' book is, if not one of the only accounts, surely a stand-out example of literature written by former slaves of the time. Without this book and books like it, the history of the horrid private abuse of slaves would be largely lost to us. So a lot of aspects of slavery I never thought about were illuminated in Frederick Douglass' fine writing. The deep emotional and moral consequences of being a black boy born to a slave-master. Being sold or whipped by your father. Or your white brothers. The concept of being taken away from your mother at birth. The corrupting and perverting result slavery had on otherwise amazing people. Being a short book, I was amazed at how much Frederick was able to cram onto every page. Countless examples and proofs of the horribleness of slavery serve to set the scene as you learn of Frederick's own private struggle and voyage. If there is still a person who thinks slavery wasn't as poor as they create it, or a person who can't see it's repercussions today, give them this book.

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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass review []  2020-1-16 5:16

    This is the first book I read expressly about slavery. It is impressive in how well it was written, especially for a man who was born and raised with so small early education. His story is compelling not only because it is true, but because it is told in a private way, richly detailed and sensitive to Douglass' desire to support the public see the people and locations in his early life through his eyes and his heart, through one born and raised in a result, his story allowed me to envision how it might feel to be raised and held helplessly captive by savage, vicious, lawless, utterly dehumanizing labor, anger and violence. It also demonstrated how easily the slavery relationship could transform otherwise decent people into monsters. My most horrific realization was that probably most of us could become as brutal as the masters described in this book if we were brainwashed to adopt the mental construct of the time, that holding a slave is merely a legal contract, that it involves a high price paid for a necessary labor source, an acceptable method to operate one's onically, slaveholders become largely dependent on their slaves for the status, wealth and security of themselves and their families. Once a society allows the ownership of other human beings to play so necessary a role in their livelihood, without any moral or legal restraint, it's no wonder these plantation owners became so blind and brutal in forcing every slave's compliance to their slightest whim. With the constant threat of non-compliance and escape casting a shadow over the livelihood of one's family, I now understand how those fears could develop into a complete disregard for the lives and conditions of their enslaved workers. The peer pressure both spoken and unspoken from family members, neighbors and business partners made slave masters who would not dare be foolish enough to present a moment of compassion. How fearful these owners must have been of the slightest sign of impertinence, envisioning how it might lead to a labor revolt within their community, and of reprisals as violent and not good as the attacks they themselves inflicted on their matter what race or nationality is in the position of master or slave, the institution of slavery had to be abolished not only due to the horrors perpetrated on the powerless, but because of how the combination of utter power and dependency encourages such limitless depravity in our human nature.

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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass review []  2020-1-16 5:16

    Every single person in the globe needs to read this book. I understand that it is needed reading within some states, well, it should be needed reading everywhere. The struggles of African-American's, both as freed men and as slaves, has never been more accurately described than in this autobiography. Frederick Douglass perfectly describes each encounter with both appropriate emotion and objectiveness.

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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass review []  2020-1-16 5:16

    This autobiography is so amazing I think it should be needed reading for junior high freshman AND their parents, and then a repeated needed read senior year of high school. It is that necessary for no other reason than for a vivid illustration of what motivation looks like and the benefits of said motivation. Frederick Douglass is a man of the ages and should be respected as such. His description of what happened when his young white owner was caught teaching him to read by her husband defines and personifies the evil of racism and slavery. The writing from this era puts our modern educational system to shame.

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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass review []  2020-1-16 5:16

    This book should be a needed read. It is short, clear, and tells a narrative that is nearly lost in our history books. Slavery is too often told from the perspective of white people. Douglass was brave to tell his story and shed light on the evils of slavery when it was still legal and largely supported by the establishment. It is well-written, simple to read, leaving really no reason to not read this book.Overall, I felt the book to be hopeful.

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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave review [Book]  2018-6-30 18:0

    This autobiography was assigned to me when I was a junior in high school. Three years later, as a sophomore in college, I was asked to read the book again for my class on Black Thought and Literature. I want that I had taken the time to slow down and analyze Frederick Douglass' narrative from a literal, analytical, and figurative perspective. Had I done that the first time around—as opposed to treating the book as another needed reading that I required to speed-read through—I believe that my understanding would have been more in-depth and meaningful. The emotion and conviction with which the author writes is not only poetic and moving, but captivating as well. The imagery, combined with Douglass' views on religion's role in the enslavement of black bodies, masterfully paints a story that (in combination with other narratives) has, unfortunately, been lost throughout time. In fact, a lot of Black writers during this period refused to publish their experiences for fear that they will be caught and returned to slavery. In other cases, some writers used pen names to add some anonymity to their experiences. Nevertheless, such works should be cherished and valued; for they let us to gain a better understanding of how far our society has come, and how much more needs to be done to ensure a future where everyone is equal (in the truest sense of the word).

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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave review [Book]  2018-6-30 18:0

    This is the edition close to the original. Be careful as a lot of other editions are out with extra opinions by modern "interpreters". This book, from the original author, needs no added opinions or editorials.

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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave review [Book]  2018-6-30 18:0

    The book shows very well the difficult circumstances that slaves in America had to live under. It also shows how humans can become so mean and tyrannical when given ultimate power over someone. This is also how dictators are born in our world. When someone is given power over another that person's pride can obtain out of control. They obtain away with one thing, then another, and another. Their mates are likewise minded and tell each other that they are amazing guys, it goes to their heads. The book also shows how if you look various from another and you have the power then you can assume you are better. Racism can develop and other cruel things too. God wants us to work together. Appreciate each other, have fun the talents of everyone, we can all support our nation and globe if we throw unrestricted selfish pride to the side. A small pride isn't poor but overgrown pride is destructive. Just as the Bible says, "Pride goeth before the fall."

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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave review [Book]  2018-6-30 18:0

    Still quite a moving read more than 150 years after it was written. I am not yet 50 years old, yet I have seen in my own lifetime the unreasonable attitude that has somehow been passed down over time to this generation. Several times, I have seen my very own mates mistreated because they are black. It stems from a lack of compassion, grown out of fear or ignorance. I recommend this book as a most necessary read for our adolescent children, no matter what their racial or cultural surroundings have taught them.

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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave review [Book]  2018-6-30 18:0

    I originally bought this book for one of my classes but once I got through the prefaces; then I couldn't place it down! I really enjoyed this book! I read almost the entire book in the first day I had it. If this is a book you must read for school, or if it is just something you are interested in, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book! It really paints a picture of what it was like to live as a slave back then. I was genuinely impressed by the method this man spoke. He is more eloquent in his speaking then I am. I really loved this book! I would buy it again without hesitation!

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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave review [Book]  2018-6-30 18:0

    It was a very detailed story of what life in slavery was like. From dealing with lazy, entitled, white slave masters, to remaining hidden even in the north from such a dispicable family. It shines truth to the deluded mentality of southerners who believed it was acceptable to own and treat another human being like a piece of property. My favorite part was her explanation of freedom in the north. Even though a former slave could finally be free from being someone else's property, they were still never free from racism. And much like today, a lot of people still believe the abuse and mistreatment of black Americans is acceptable simply because it is the status quo.

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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave review [Book]  2018-6-30 18:0

    I had read this story once before. The scenes seemed familiar, but didn't recognize it until I was partway through the book. Once my memory was jogged, I decided to finish the book because I knew I'd have fun it again. Really, it's hard to imagine hiding away in a cramped zone for seven years. Obviously, the alternative was much worse. What impressed me most was seeing life from the point of view of a slave. Even when given a "good life" -- fed and housed properly, not beaten or raped -- why would a slave wish to be free? Harriet Jacobs explains. My heart fell for her when she realized the prejudice that pervaded the North. Even when free, she was not. Although we think we know slavery, we do not know it until we feel it. Harriet Jacobs helps us understand its real meaning.

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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave review [Book]  2018-6-30 18:0

    THIS IS MUST READING FOR ALL AMERICANS YOUNG AND OLD. SELDOM IF EVER, HAVE I BEEN SO MOVED BY A TRUE STORY, ABOUT SUFFERING UNDER THE THREATUROUS WHIP OF SLAVERY. BUT BEAR IN MIND, FREDERICK DOUGLASS DOES MAGNIFICENT GOOD IN WRITING FROM HIS EXPERIENCES IN SUCH A WAY THAT STIRS YOUR HEART AS WELL AS YOUR BRAIN BECAUSE HIS MOTIVATION IS TO DO GOOD AND TELL THE TRUTH IN A COMPELLING MANNER BECAUSE OF HIS ACUTE INTELLIGENCE AND HIS HEART FILLED WITH LOVE, NOT HATE, AND FAITH IN GOD, NOT EVIL HYPOCRISY AS DEMONSTRATED BY VICIOUS SLAVEOWNERS PRETENDING TO BE CHRISTIANS DOING GOD'S WORK, BUT QUITE THE IS IS NOT A BOOK ABOUT RELIGION, INSTEAD ABOUT HORRIFIC EFFECTS UPON BOTH SLAVES AND SLAVEOWNERS. THIS IS A "MUST READ." PRINT IN BOOK TOO SMALL. HENCE I RECOMMEND USE OF KINDLE INSTEAD.AN ASIDE: (IN THE END, IN MY OPINION, THE BLOODY CIVIL WAR THAT TORMENTED OUR GREATEST PRESIDENT, LINCOLN, WAS OUR MORAL DUTY TO ENGAGE IN ON DIFFERENT LEVELS, TOO LONG TO ADD HERE.)

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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave review [Book]  2018-6-30 18:0

    "Slavery is not good for men; but it is far more not good for women. Superadded to the burden common to all, they have wrongs, and sufferings, and mortifications peculiarly their own."On the heels of the successful movie adaptation of Solomon Northup's narrative, "Twelve Years A Slave," this created very amazing reading. I might not have read it at all but was inspired to by an perfect latest scholarly (but very readable) article: ""[No] doctor but my master": Health reform and antislavery rhetoric in Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the life of a slave girl," by Sarah L. Berry in the March 2014 problem of Jnl of Medical Humanities. Berry's article created an necessary point, which were all the more clear when reading the entire narrative: slavery and women's health were intimately related. Furthermore, the power that her master - Dr. Norcom (Dr Flint in the anonymized narrative) exerted not just as a slaveholder, but as a physician-slaveholder, is also clear. Some of the tales are heartbreaking and incredible, but real - including her seven *year* hiding in an attic. Her fear, even when seemingly safely away in the north after her escape, of the Fugitive Slave Law, is palpable. This book is extremely necessary as it is one of the few, if not only, female slave narratives written and published before the Civil War.

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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave review [Book]  2018-6-30 18:0

    Mr. Douglas suffered terribly at the hands of the a lot of slaveholders in Maryland who treated African Americans without mercy, beating them every whim of feeling superior, underfeeding them, robbing them of earned monies, separating families, forcing them into illicit sexual relationships with the so-called Masters. What is worse is these slave holders purported to be Christians. Mr. Douglas info us in the narrative of his rtunately Mr. Frederick Douglas overcame so a lot of obstacles to learn to read and write and eventually escape to freedom. He has told his story in such vivid detail that it created me weep. How could people claiming to be Christians be so blinded by their hate. These were not real followers of r are they today. Mr. Douglas explains his thoughts on this in the book to differentiate those who claimed to be Christians and those whose truly served Christ. He refuted the former and embraced the Douglas' story is a sad indictment of this nation's treatment of the people they enslaved. It is the story of so a lot of enslaved peoples during the period.We see the results today of the blood crying out from the earth for justice with our cities in turmoil because of racial issues today.We need another Frederick Douglas to rise up and speak truth to this nation. As this generation passes away will it be worse or will people have a true spiritual awakening and turn back the division in our culture which exists today?

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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (AmazonClassics Edition) review []  2020-1-17 20:20

    I cheaped out buying this ver of this magnificent book. After reading about 3/4 of it and wondering what the heck was going on with the vocabulary and usage of the English language, I went in find of a paper copy at my local library. Now, either all the other legit editions out there have glossed over the strange and colourful usages of language, or there is something fishy about this edition. I have to say that reading it this method gave me fresh ways to think about the content itself, but ultimately I found the usages distracting and odd enough that they didn't ring true. I would love any insight anyone might have about this edition. How did it come into being? If you are looking for an authoritative text, spend the additional ten bucks and obtain the other version.

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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (AmazonClassics Edition) review []  2020-1-17 20:20

    This autobiography was assigned to me when I was a junior in high school. Three years later, as a sophomore in college, I was asked to read the book again for my class on Black Thought and Literature. I want that I had taken the time to slow down and analyze Frederick Douglass' narrative from a literal, analytical, and figurative perspective. Had I done that the first time around—as opposed to treating the book as another needed reading that I required to speed-read through—I believe that my understanding would have been more in-depth and meaningful. The emotion and conviction with which the author writes is not only poetic and moving, but captivating as well. The imagery, combined with Douglass' views on religion's role in the enslavement of black bodies, masterfully paints a story that (in combination with other narratives) has, unfortunately, been lost throughout time. In fact, a lot of Black writers during this period refused to publish their experiences for fear that they will be caught and returned to slavery. In other cases, some writers used pen names to add some anonymity to their experiences. Nevertheless, such works should be cherished and valued; for they let us to gain a better understanding of how far our society has come, and how much more needs to be done to ensure a future where everyone is equal (in the truest sense of the word).

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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (AmazonClassics Edition) review []  2020-1-17 20:20

    Still quite a moving read more than 150 years after it was written. I am not yet 50 years old, yet I have seen in my own lifetime the unreasonable attitude that has somehow been passed down over time to this generation. Several times, I have seen my very own mates mistreated because they are black. It stems from a lack of compassion, grown out of fear or ignorance. I recommend this book as a most necessary read for our adolescent children, no matter what their racial or cultural surroundings have taught them.

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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (AmazonClassics Edition) review []  2020-1-17 20:20

    This is the edition close to the original. Be careful as a lot of other editions are out with extra opinions by modern "interpreters". This book, from the original author, needs no added opinions or editorials.

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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (AmazonClassics Edition) review []  2020-1-17 20:20

    THIS IS MUST READING FOR ALL AMERICANS YOUNG AND OLD. SELDOM IF EVER, HAVE I BEEN SO MOVED BY A TRUE STORY, ABOUT SUFFERING UNDER THE THREATUROUS WHIP OF SLAVERY. BUT BEAR IN MIND, FREDERICK DOUGLASS DOES MAGNIFICENT GOOD IN WRITING FROM HIS EXPERIENCES IN SUCH A WAY THAT STIRS YOUR HEART AS WELL AS YOUR BRAIN BECAUSE HIS MOTIVATION IS TO DO GOOD AND TELL THE TRUTH IN A COMPELLING MANNER BECAUSE OF HIS ACUTE INTELLIGENCE AND HIS HEART FILLED WITH LOVE, NOT HATE, AND FAITH IN GOD, NOT EVIL HYPOCRISY AS DEMONSTRATED BY VICIOUS SLAVEOWNERS PRETENDING TO BE CHRISTIANS DOING GOD'S WORK, BUT QUITE THE IS IS NOT A BOOK ABOUT RELIGION, INSTEAD ABOUT HORRIFIC EFFECTS UPON BOTH SLAVES AND SLAVEOWNERS. THIS IS A "MUST READ." PRINT IN BOOK TOO SMALL. HENCE I RECOMMEND USE OF KINDLE INSTEAD.AN ASIDE: (IN THE END, IN MY OPINION, THE BLOODY CIVIL WAR THAT TORMENTED OUR GREATEST PRESIDENT, LINCOLN, WAS OUR MORAL DUTY TO ENGAGE IN ON DIFFERENT LEVELS, TOO LONG TO ADD HERE.)

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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (AmazonClassics Edition) review []  2020-1-17 20:20

    This book was one of the most heart rending, stirring narratives I have ever read. I now live in Frederick Douglas country close by where he was born... Frederick Douglas is a profoundly gifted writer that tells his story in a method that is poetic. This book gave me an even greater appreciation for all he endured, for all he overcame and lived through and for what he became! What an inspirational story that helps us all appreciate the life he lived and the impact he has had on millions of people! EXCELLENT read. Now I am on to the later, longer ver of his writings.

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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (AmazonClassics Edition) review []  2020-1-17 20:20

    The Narrative of Frederick Douglas is a must read for all Americans to embrace OUR flawed but extraordinary history of the United States of uglas is a pillar of the unwavering spirit to withstand atrocities, hardships and pain of life to overcome and succeed as one of the greatest Americans who has ever lived. Written in his own words (when teaching slaves to read and write was topic to sadistic punishment), this autobiography itself is a testament to Douglas’ a Black parent who read this book years ago, I created it needed summer reading for my children to read once they enter middle school. The graphic brutality is apparent where anger could easily overcome your emotions, but the short read allows you to experience the triumph of Douglas towards the conclusion of the book, making contemporary racial strife child’s play in comparison to his plight and yet Douglas is is not a black story but an American story that all people on the planet could benefit for it displays how human will and a enduring spirit can change things.I recommend “Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln” by John Stauffer as a amazing companion to learning about Douglas friendship and influence of Lincoln. Enjoy!

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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (AmazonClassics Edition) review []  2020-1-17 20:20

    Amazing read. It took me a small less than 2 weeks to read this book. I only read it on the train to and from work so when I did [email protected]#$%! I had mixed feelings. I wanted to know more about his life once he was finally in the free state. He didn't explain how he navigated through the slave states to reach his final destination. He gave his reasons. Understandable for the time which was before emancipation but I was still curious and looking forward to reading about that. Also at the end he says he sent for his wife...She wasn't mentioned throughout the entire book then she pops up. Where and when did they meet? I'm really nip picking but overall a very amazing read. I definitely took advantage of the dictionary that was available on Kindle Unlimited. This guys vocabulary was crazy also some words we just don't use in today's world. Looking for another book to obtain lost in.

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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (AmazonClassics Edition) review []  2020-1-17 20:20

    This is a very spirited story. The passion for freedom that slavery causes is very clear in these pages. Frederick Douglass improves himself more and dared far greater than I have in my life or most others I know. It is simple to take my freedom for granted, and be lackadaisical about my life and how my time is spent. But after reading this autobiography I can see the passion and fervor missing in my life. What is interesting is that slavery enslaves the slave owners even more than the slaves. It not only corrupts their moral character, but it also makes them lazy in mind and self improvement. The very qualities the slavers test to instill in the slaves to hold them bound. Once in the north, Frederick shows that all the working people without slaves are much more wealthy. Those without slaves in the south are very poor, showing that slavery also damaged even the morals of those without slaves. These same tendencies are evident with the hitech generation. The removal of work has to some degree improvised our ability to better ourselves.

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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (AmazonClassics Edition) review []  2020-1-17 20:20

    Illuminating. Beautiful much a must read if you are interested in history, black history, slavery, 1800s, civil battle causes, etc. However overly long. Several parts are really interesting: Douglass' insights into his own experiences as a slave; his insights into the stratification of slaveholder society and the ironic "prisoner of their experience" result on the slaveholders; and his post-CW tour of the European countries and his thoughtful insights into old civilizations are foremost. His wisdom is apparent. His flaws are exposed. This is the true history that isn't taught in mainstream schools. Should be a part of home school studies. Very helpful to me. If you are trying to even partially understand slavery, I would recommend two extra books, COMPLICITY and SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME. Both are available on Amazon.

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    CliffsNotes on Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave: An American Slave" - Notes review []  2020-1-21 22:17

    Very helpful

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    CliffsNotes on Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave: An American Slave" - Notes review []  2020-1-21 22:17

    These cliff notes helped my young mate understand better what he had read. It created a large difference.

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    CliffsNotes on Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave: An American Slave" - Notes review []  2020-1-21 22:17

    Perfect analysis and summary (as always)

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    CliffsNotes on Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave: An American Slave" - Notes review []  2020-1-21 22:17

    It did provide a summary of chapters and some focus helped to read it along with the story - NOT as a e original is more emotional and detailed.

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    CliffsNotes on Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave: An American Slave" - Notes review []  2020-1-21 22:17

    Another school helper for needed reading. The things I do for my kids.

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    CliffsNotes on Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave: An American Slave" - Notes review []  2020-1-21 22:17

    anyone who would actually use this cliffnotes addition better have a amazing reason, like language barrier or something. the actual narrative is quite short and accessible. this cliffnote is a waste of money.

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    They Had a Dream: The Civil Rights Struggle from Frederick Douglass to Frederick Douglass to Marcus Garvey to Martin Luther King and Malcolm X review []  2020-1-16 14:52

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    They Had a Dream: The Civil Rights Struggle from Frederick Douglass to Frederick Douglass to Marcus Garvey to Martin Luther King and Malcolm X review []  2020-1-16 14:52

    Fresh insight on our amazing leaders of yesterday and the impact that is still felt today.

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    They Had a Dream: The Civil Rights Struggle from Frederick Douglass to Frederick Douglass to Marcus Garvey to Martin Luther King and Malcolm X review []  2020-1-16 14:52

    Brought 3 books for my grandkids - they all love it!

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    They Had a Dream: The Civil Rights Struggle from Frederick Douglass to Frederick Douglass to Marcus Garvey to Martin Luther King and Malcolm X review []  2020-1-16 14:52

    This book has given me a broader look into the life and times of blacks in America. It has encouraged me to obtain a more indepth perspective of our contribution to this country and why it is more-often-than-not completely ignored.

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    I am very grateful with you for the attentions with me!.

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    Life After Life: A Novel review []  2020-1-13 19:12

    Most reviewers of "Life after Life" have taken the main character's multiple deaths and resurrections as evidence that the novel is about second chances, the option of having a fresh life after the previous one has been snuffed out. I read it differently. On one occasion Sylvie Todd, the sharp-witted mother of the protagonist Ursula Todd, calls her daughter "Cassandra," referring to the mythical figure who had the bonus of delivering dire prophecies that nobody listened to. Accordingly, I viewed the multiple calamities that befall Ursula - umbilical strangling, drowning, political assassination, rape, marital homicide - not as "what ifs?" imposed by a post-modern tease of a storyteller, but as projections of a mind uncannily attuned to the precariousness of living. How Ursula manages to make her own, authentic life in the face of such mind-bending catastrophes is the true story of Atkinson's oddly constructed ode to a very human heroism, and it is the beacon that leads the reader through the maze of dead ends. Set largely versus the two greatest (real) disasters of the 20th century - the two globe battles - Ursula's journey is an often scintillating one, deftly told. But, at some 500 pages, it's an awfully meandering trek, requiring you to maintain a balance between empathy for Ursula's trials and awareness of being manhandled by a relentlessly clever author. The experience is both exhilarating and wearying. Whether it's worth it in the end is a question that Atkinson leaves entirely up to you.

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    Life After Life: A Novel review []  2020-1-13 19:12

    Life After Life--wherein Kate Atkinson shapeshifts the life of Ursula Todd-- is a virtuoso performance. Other novelists--Virginia Woolf, Carol Anshaw and Ian McEwan have done so in earlier works. But none has done it with such flair and with so a lot of balls in the air, juggling so a lot of characters and tales, that are both various and similar. In every phase of Ursula's existence, over the course of a 60-year span, there are at times three stories existing simultaneously. Each existence is entirely plausible but little changes or decisions make entirely various outcomes. Three early childhoods; three 16-year-olds, three 20-year-old Ursula's and 3 adult versions. Readers familiar with Anshaw's Aquamarine will recognize the premise, but Atkinson's "Life" is far more ambitious in scope and more daring. The rewards, are greater too I believe.I've actually read God In Ruins and Life After Life out of sequence and regret having done so. They vary in perspective as one novel has brother Teddy living to a ripe old age, the other has him chop down in his prime an RAF captain flying raids over Germany. If Life After Life feels indebted to Anshaw and Aquamarine, then God In Ruins owes a hint of the cap to McEwan's Atonement. It is only how time and incidence impacts life that the four books have a convergence. Atkinson's two novels thus far (the third and final is in September) about a family living from the Twenties to modern Britain also reminds one of Anthony Powell's Dance To The Melody of e scope and techniques used to tell the stories of Teddy and Ursula are brilliantly managed and fascinatingly played out. Without sentimentalizing their lives she manages to search the heroic in two ordinary lives. Beautifully told and extraordinarily accomplished.

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    Life After Life: A Novel review []  2020-1-13 19:12

    This fascinating novel is based on the premise that death isn't necessarily forever. The central character, Ursula Todd, is born on a snowy night in England in 1910. In the first acc of this, she dies almost immediately, strangled by the umbilical cord with no doctor or midwife to support her mother through the birth. In the next account, the doctor has arrived, the umbilical cord is cut, and the baby lives. And so on and so forth -- Ursula's life follows a various pattern each time, which leads to her death but then to a fresh pattern. The book is full of philosophical questions, but they do not intrude; it works brilliantly as a novel. The narrative carries the reader right along with the strongest of hooks: what will happen next (time)? The descriptions of time and put are haunting, particularly those of Globe Battle II London. The characters are rounded, and some engaged at least this reader emotionally. And they are diverse -- Ursula, of course, is not the only one whose life follows a various pattern in her different iterations, and it becomes almost a android game to figure out what has changed for which character. The ending is mysterious, but that is appropriate a novel that explores so a lot of possibilities.

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    Life After Life: A Novel review []  2020-1-13 19:12

    Warning: here there be e early chapters were a bit of a slog - very domestic and sort of pointless. With the end of WWI, we finally understand what is going on, and her 'resets' become interesting.I'm fascinated by the Blitz and so I loved that part. Atkinson mentions that this was one of her main interests in writing the book, and it shows. I was less enamoured with the (very tedious) focus on Eva Braun. I would have preferred that Atkinson had stuck to portraying Germany under Hitler from Ursula's special point of view as an Englishwoman married to a German. (I also want that Izzie's son had been brought into the narrative other than as the rather pointless incarnation of Roland.)So, I'd come around to enjoying the book, and was waiting for the ending that would wrap it up. And that's where the author lost me. When she takes her own life in Berlin, Ursula has the feeling that she has somehow 'broken' something, but I don't see that demonstrated in the rest of the book - I kept waiting to see how this 'break' would play out, but the rest of the book was more of the same.I'm willing to concede that the attempt to slay Hitler goes beyond her precept. After that, the ending sort of peters out. Is Ursula meant to demonstrate that one can't manipulate everything, that others have their own free will and destiny? Is that why she's shuttled back to the beginning, to test all over again? It feels like Atkinson didn't really have an ending for the book, maybe because there is no overarching idea to tie all the restarts together. There is no sense of progress as Ursula lives her lives, and I felt like the author dropped the ball on too a lot of threads.

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    Life After Life: A Novel review []  2020-1-13 19:12

    This novel is not for everyone. It does not follow a linear story line. It jumps from one period to another in the life of an English woman, Ursula Todd, from her birth in 1911, through WWII and into the post-war period. Moreover, it jumps not only from one period to another but from one ver of Ursula's life to another. In one version, she remains single and stays in England and spends the harrowing battle years in London. But in another, she goes to Germany, marries, has a kid and, victims of the post-war suffering and starvation in Germany, kills herself and her young daughter. The book, in fact, opens with Ursula in Germany. As a mate of Eva Braun, she is trusted by Hitler, and tries to slay him. There are a lot of examples of double, sometimes triple, versions of happenings in Ursula's and in her family's life. Everyone will have their own interpretation of the meaning of this book. It certainly precipitates thought and discussion. It's about possibilities, and the role of choices, and the role of possibility in life. It's also about the power of the novelist to lure the reader -- and perhaps herself -- into that "willing suspension of disbelief" that critics talk about. The interweaving of a lot of stories makes us understand the power that stories have over us. This all sounds very trendy, but the book is fascinating -- if the reader can tolerate some perplexity.

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    Life After Life: A Novel review []  2020-1-13 19:12

    Kate Atkinson begins Life after Life with an apt quote from Nietzsche, a philosopher who often wrestled with free will and fatalism. So does Atkinson, but in a far more engaging way, both depressing and life-affirming. Although I would have ZERO desire to relive my own life, Ursula Todd’s repeated efforts to obtain it right are intriguing. In some cases, the re-write is a matter of fate (Ursula has small control over that umbilical cord around her neck as she exits the womb); in other cases, it’s a matter of making various choices. I particularly enjoyed the Ursula who was dimly aware of her past turns around the bend and would test to avoid the same pitfalls, not always in the most enlightened way. Ursula’s most ham-handed re-write has her pushing Bridget down the stairs to set off a convoluted series of happenings keeping the maid from dying of the Spanish flu. I cherish the whimsy in there. This is an author with an eye for life’s absurdities. As such, she has made a hero who is simultaneously absurd and noble. Like a lot of thought-provoking works, the book annoyed me a few times. I want Ursula’s mother were more sympathetic, but then I want a lot of mothers were, too. I could have done with fewer literary allusions, even though I love Donne. And I was initially disappointed by the ending, because I harbored the totally unrealistic hope that Atkinson would somehow explain the mysteries of the universe to me. Yes, she’s that amazing a writer that you think maybe she can. Instead, the book (just like the ouroboros to which one of the Ursulas refers) ends, quite appropriately, back at the beginning: in February 1910, when our heroine may or may not begin her life. A thought-provoking and entertaining read.

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    Life After Life: A Novel review []  2020-1-13 19:12

    It's time travel. No, it's not that. It's science fiction. No, not that either. It's literary genius. Yes, it is definitely that. This is the (somewhat convoluted) story of Ursula Todd, who is born (and born again and again and again) on February 11, 1910. Ursula has the decidedly uncommon ability to be born again after e comes back as the same baby in the same family and with the same life, but a powerful sense of deja vu allows her to correct mistakes and avert tragedies that plagued her earlier lives--until she is finally able to do the ultimate deed for humanity. But does she really succeed and change history?This is an intriguing, very readable book that seems so true and actually feasible--even though you know it's absolutely not. (Or is it?) Best of all, it's funny! And that is quite a feat considering the bulk of the story takes put during the brutality of Globe Battle II, especially the Blitz in is book is a testament to author Kate Atkinson's imagination, storytelling creativity and literary genius. Read it!

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    Life After Life: A Novel review []  2020-1-13 19:12

    I am in awe of this book and Kate Atkinson. Because the plot has been described by the critics and other readers, I decided to refrain from rehashing it, other than to write the following. This plot is not new. Everyone from writers of science fiction to cheesy dime shop romance novels has used it, whether about time travel or lovers miraculously turning up alive years after they were assumed to be dead.What sets this book apart is the ingenuity of Kate Atkinson and her flawless writing. As I encountered snippets of poetry and excerpts from off-times obscure books; tenets and aphorisms from philosophers such as Nietzsche, Thomas Mann and Camus; bits of Latin; French phrases; and entire paragraphs written in German (sometimes loosely translated, sometimes not at all), I concluded, perhaps unfairly, that Kate Atkinson wrote Life After Life for an erudite audience. This is not to imply that readers need multi-discipline PhDs before opening the book, but I think those with more than a passing acquaintance with philosophy and history will better understand the story. A challenge for me was the vocabulary. Between Brit-speak and unfamiliar words, I created use of the Wikipedia dictionary on my Kindle more often than ne of these small roadblocks detracted from my enjoyment of and appreciation for Life After Life. I like to be challenged by a book, and I love learning from one. The writing alone is exquisite. I experienced every emotion. A better, more graphic description of the Blitz I cannot remember. I was in the bomb shelter with Ursula and digging through unimaginable destruction at her e characters were wonderfully drawn, and this Anglophile loved the descriptions of the British method of life. I also loved the subtle humor that frequently appeared. The globe could be coming to an end (which it almost was), but nothing stopped the afternoon tea break.What a gifted and talented writer Kate Atkinson is. I look forward to reading the sequel. I heartily recommend Life After Life to everyone who appreciates excellence in literature and welcomes a bit of a challenge. Enjoy!

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    Life After Life: A Novel review []  2020-1-13 19:12

    I have read this 3 times now; I obtain more from it with each read. It's a complicated story, at first found it a small hard to follow. It needs you to have an begin mind, because its unlike most novels, if your expecting a linear story, you'll be disappointed. The writing is beautiful, you can search yourself back there at Fox Corner, in London during the blitz, in Germany before the war. Its one of the most imaginative books I have read in a long time, created me wonder, think, dream. What more can you ask from an author?

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    Life After Life: A Novel review []  2020-1-13 19:12

    This book drove me crazy. I loved "A God In Ruins," but could not obtain through this one. Yes, I know. Amazing writing, unusual concept, etc. However, the unusual concept was, for me, impossible to slog through. I love amazing family stories, perfect writing and all the rest, and Kate Atkinson certainly has multitudes of talent. But tell me a story, allow it create sense, allow it progress in orderly fashion. I had to give it to the thrift sop before finishing.

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    Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom review []  2020-1-17 22:55

    A special feature of this biography of Frederick Douglass, is that the author, David W. Blight, was able to use original manuscripts from a personal collector. There is a mythology surrounding Frederick Douglass, some of it made by the three autobiographies that Douglass penned. Yet, these newly discovered manuscripts, flesh out particularly the childhood and early years of Douglass's life. Indeed, this reviewer believes his life can be viewed as a triptych of three overlapping major phases that at times intersected and at other times e first period was slavery. Frederick Bailey, Douglass's birth name, was given up by his grandmother at the tender age of six when he was left at the plantation of Aaron Anthony. His mother was "rented" out as a day laborer to another plantation and so the boy had small to no contact with her. She died by the time he was eight years old. Later, he was "given" to the brother of his master who lived in Baltimore. The author is unsparing in his descriptions of enslavement: Frederick was beaten, starved, lonely, impoverished and humiliated. A major watershed occurred when his master's wife taught the boy to read. Her furious husband forbade her from teaching him anymore and burned the prized books of the child. Nevertheless, Frederick's mind was opened to a fresh world. He was influenced by others to study particularly the Old Testament which provided him inspiration in the words of the prophets and the a lot of illusions and metaphors about slavery and freedom. Was it adolescent rebellion or his fresh found literacy that inspired Frederick to flee North? Aided by a freedwoman who later became his wife, Frederick escaped on the Underground Railroad. Fearing recapture, he changed his surname to e second phase of Douglass's life was preaching for abolition. He traveled throughout the United States, as well as Britain, Ireland Scotland and Canada. Douglass was an ardent believer in the need to free all blacks. He delivered thousands of passionate orations; part religious, part personal, but always entertaining and inspiring. He similar incidents from his own enslavement and quoted frequently from the Old Testament. He became globe renowned and crossed paths with necessary figures including John Brown, who hoped Douglass would join him in the Harper's Ferry raid and Presidents Lincoln, Johnson, Grant and Hayes. Throughout the Civil War, Douglass used his fiery speeches to recruit blacks to war for the Union. (Three of his own sons fought in the War.) His speeches on "Peace time Abolition" focused on the need to give black men the vote and when that was achieved, he railed versus the rampant violence versus blacks. During Reconstruction there were wholesale lynchings and murders of blacks. His relentless travels and public speaking engagements took a toll on his family, his pocket book and his relations was the third essential factor in Douglass's life. Having had no family as a kid and unsure of the identity of his father, Douglass place a high premium on being a father and a provider. But, his long and frequent absences made amazing strain on his wife Anna and their five kids who lived into adulthood. Anna was illiterate and it remains a mystery why Douglass did not teach her to read. Douglass strived to be both father and provider, but his long absences eroded both roles. Though he claimed to be a "self-made man", Douglass relied heavily on financial assistance from abolitionists at home and abroad. He also sought the emotional, intellectual and perhaps physical help from several white women, some of whom lived for extended periods in the Douglass home. After Anna died, he married one of these white women causing further strain with his children.Blight's book is well referenced, but rather long. There are times when it is repetitive and when the author uses "grandiose" language, perhaps to mimic Douglass's style. Sadly, the author lacks the power, passion and poetry of Frederick Douglass. The author also occasionally attempts to psychoanalyze Douglass which is a bit of a stretch. Despite these flaws, this book provides a thorough examination of a man who created and is a seminal part of American history.

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    Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom review []  2020-1-17 22:55

    What a man (Frederick Douglass), what a story of his life, what an insightful author (David Blight). The number of biographies which I have read go beyond counting. This is one of the three finest and, perhaps partly because of my age, (close to Douglass' at his death) the most inspiring. It is extraordinary in every leave this meticulously researched biography feeling you have lived Douglass' life alongside him., from beginning to end. You understand the challenges he has faced, the people who helped him along the way, and the people whose lives he changed. You marvel at his rhetorical and writing skills and the mind, heart and soul which drove and nurtured become deeply aware of his complexity, the challenge of his family relationships, the internal feuds and the external ones too, the depth of his providential belief, combined with his pragmatism. But above all there is his unrelenting courage and dedication to telling the truth about slavery and its legacy while never giving up hope and the demand for self reliance. It is hard to imagine anyone traveling as much at a time travel was not easy, especially for a black man and giving so a lot of talks and writing so much as Douglass did.David Blight's honest telling of Douglass' life reveals misjudgments and some petty grievances. We see Douglass as a human being, not perfect. But we see him much more as a giant, unwavering in his conviction in the demonic quality of slavery and the need to respect the dignity of every human being, regardless of color. I believe David Blight has in a method entered Douglass' mind and heart as well as another human being can. He has of course been greatly helped by Douglass' three autobiographies but he goes beyond that to offer reasoned but never over reaching conclusions on his state of mind, his motivations and y words have been offered by esteemed historians in praise of Blight's work. "Magisterial", "comprehensive", "incandescent", "elegantly written", "a stunning achievement", "exceeds high expectations". I embrace them all. But I would add one more, in capital letters: "INSPIRATIONAL".Inspirational in Douglass' unceasing (to the week of his death) and uncompromising call for the end of discrimination versus blacks and allowing them and everyone the Freedom that everyone cherishes and spirational, too, in the depth of caring and scholarship and sensitive and literate interpretation and narration which David Blight has brought to this work, which as he writes in the Acknowledgement, in a lot of ways represents the product of his "entire professional career".Thank you Frederick Douglass; thank you David Blight.

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    Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom review []  2020-1-17 22:55

    I have not yet read the entire book, but was annoyed at the author's liberal snobbery on page XVI in the introduction. After bringing up some individuals he had seen wearing buttons that probclaimed "Frederick Douglas was a republican", he snobbishly dismisses them "as some of us scholars with, shall we say, various training and research, smiled and endured...." I guess since these people apparently didn't attend and an Ivy League school and ingest all of the liberal viewpoints they must be "endured" by the "higher level" scholars. Disgusting liberal, pseudo intellectual condescending! Why did must chop on people who have arrived at a various opinion than his? As I read further, I will surely be alert for liberal bias sure to come!

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    Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom review []  2020-1-17 22:55

    This is an perfect book. Douglass’ wonderful story is well and overall fairly told. I would have given it 5/5 stars except that the author’s leftist political agenda shines through every now and then. Blight seems desperate to hold the Republican Party (the party of abolition, defeating the South, and civil rights) from laying claim to Douglass in spite of the fact that Douglass was an ardent Republican. Otherwise an perfect read.

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    Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom review []  2020-1-17 22:55

    The preeminent scholar on the life and times of Douglass speaks! Blight threads together a narrative that is both accessible to one who may know very small about the man or the period, while at the same time diving into key locations where the documents leave the student of FD to speculate. It is a biography and not a text book as some seem to believe. "Have you seen Douglass?" Add "Have you read Blight?"A timely book as the nation can never seem to place the problem of race in the rear view mirror for long. This book is so good, I matched it up with the Audible version, which is masterfully narrated.

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    Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom review []  2020-1-17 22:55

    This biography of Douglass is well written stylistically and it is thorough. It will tell you what can be told about him,because Douglass's writings were political and polemical but largely avoided references to his private life, except in part in his three autobiographies, and those books were self-consciously "staged" (as most autobiographies are) and thus cannot be entirely relied upon and also avoided much of his private life. The author does his best to fill in the blanks, but there are limits to what he can e true issue of this book is that it is too long. It should be only 2/3 or 1/2 of its 760 page length (before footnotes). Why? Because Douglass' early life (which the book tells well) was an "adventure story" of the slave who escaped, educated himself, and became a major spokesman for the abolitionist movement. However, thereafter his career fell largely into that of an itinerant orator and a newspaper editor. His speeches and prose were his life. Fine enough, because his words were powerful...and they had some impact. However, the author's life narrative summarizes speech after speech after speech by Douglass over those decades, and while Douglass's narrative evolved over time in the nuances, his main themes remained the same, so in the book's extensive rehash of his speeches, one is treated to an endless repetition of the same material. Frankly, it becomes boring.On the positive side, the book offers a amazing acc of the failure of Reconstruction, the reimposition of Jim Crow in the South, and a portrait (as Douglass outlined) of how this nation has suffered since inception from the original sin of slavery...whose effects are still very much upon us in the 21st I'm glad for the author that his book won the Pulitzer Prize for history this year. And I'm glad we have a thorough biography of Frederick Douglass. But I did not search this book a galvanzing read. Again, I fear it was too long and repetitive.

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    Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom review []  2020-1-17 22:55

    Blight covers the life of Frederick Douglass with immense detail of the different stages from slavery, where he draws heavily from his first autobiography; to his escape to freedom; through his rise in the abolitionist movement and the development of his first newspaper, The North Star; onward to the Civil Battle and so on. Its a well documented ever, as the book trends on, the author's opinion bears louder than Douglass' words. I took the liberty of reading straight from Douglass as I read straight from Blight and found Blight losing why he named his book Prophet of Freedom. Blight is a man who has spent an inordinate amount of time studying Douglass, yet, while he underscores Douglass' love of scripture as a tool in the orator's skillful use of the jeremiad, Blight totally ignores the simplistic eternal truths that Douglass spoke. At one time in referencing Douglass' "Self-Made Men" speech, Blight opined Douglass was "wrong" about these matters. Since reading along with Blight, Douglass' three autobiographies, I found what Douglass really thought obviously better served, but now with the more historical context of happenings supplemented by Blight.Blight's analysis of Douglass' 1852 Independence Day speech on the 5th of July is scant on it's depth and the Abolitionist's view of American Constitutional Liberty. Yet, at the same time, Blight called it brilliant. It was indeed magnificent and very profound in it's delivery. Just reading the text and you hear a man who's heart was before God and the men and women he made demonstrating with amazing conviction Providence's design for all before Him.Blight misses this entirely. The more he writes, the more the frustrated that Douglass his character makes him. So, a lot of times in the book he either recreates Douglass, or, denounces current conservative views of this amazing and idealistic in the cause of liberty, but, imperfect man. At one point he even derides Clarence Thomas' view of Frederick uglass demanded real Christian charity from his countrymen who professed it. The slaveholders abused the Bible and its teachings for their selfish gain and the subjugation of Douglass' race. Teaching himself to read as he did by finding Bible scraps on the roads of Baltimore after a woman, once of real Christian charity, started him on a life of reading, prepared Him to take down such injustice in the Church. As a boy he studied with a free black man, Mr Swanson, who told him "God would use him greatly." It was a pivotal moment that set the course of his discipline to truly understand himself, and for any reader to understand Douglass. Douglass was in essence first a minister of The Gospel and abolitionist second. It is why he ultimately broke from working with Garrison because he spent a year studying the American Constitution and it's Declaration of Independence uncovering the spirit and logic of the Founding Father's cause for Equality under The the abolitionist newspaper editor, Douglass notoriously called slavery, "the Slave System." To him, it "was a sin versus God before it was versus man." Douglass in his own charity forgave his former slave masters. Furthermore, he never backed down from a war for his private Liberty. The book doesn't really cover his spiritual conviction like his autobiographies really create clear. Perhaps Blight is unbelieving in them. He did search them "naive" in Douglass as he this book along with Douglass' autobiographies. Then all four books will begin up to you more clearly. Just don't expect to read Blight's book alone and obtain satisfactorily inside the heart of Frederick Douglass. And that demand may be asking too much of Blight from me the reader. It's well written and his life extremely documented. It gets a bit repetitive on suggestions about relationships that have no conclusive evidence to help such implications. Blight goes there again and again because he misses the man in the process.

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    Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom review []  2020-1-17 22:55

    This is a very comprehensive and meticulously researched biography of an absolutely fascinating man. This book is a real joy to read for every history buff. Must-read, e author brings us an incredibly detailed analysis and thought-provoking insights into Douglass' life and times, and sadly, also shows us that some of the attitudes he struggled versus his entire life are still relevant is is by no means light reading, but it is oh so very interesting. The reader's full attention is needed to hold abreast with the a lot of people necessary to Douglass and/or the 19th century US & globe at large, not to mention all the political strife and machinations of that turbulent era.I very much enjoyed David W. Blight's writing style. He has a true bonus for the written word, sounding almost literary at times and creating clear and dramatic scenes in my mind's eye. Very much bringing home the emotional impact of certain key moments in Douglass' life. I really liked that the author doesn't shy away from Douglass' hero flaws or less sympathetic moments, not idolizing him, but painting us an objective picture of a great, though not perfect, e a lot of quotes from letters, as well as from his autobiographies, especially held my interest and I also loved that the book has so a lot of photographs in it, of Douglass, his family and 's a pity that we have so small info about Anna Murray, Douglass' first wife. More insight into Douglass' feelings for her or Julia Griffiths, Ottilie Assing or Helen Pitts for that matter, would have been unbelievable and would have helped us explore more of Douglass the man, be it as a husband or lover, rather than Douglass the public a European who only just discovered him, I have to admit that I'm left awestruck by the courageous and complex man that was Frederick Douglass.

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    Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom review []  2020-1-17 22:55

    While I had of course heard of Frederick Douglass before reading this book, my knowledge of him was spotty at best, consisting mostly of fuzzy, half-remembered elementary school lessons detailing how he cajoled white kids into teaching him to read as a young slave. He then went on to become a prominent abolitionist as an adult after escaping slavery. This was the beginning and the end of my knowledge of Douglass. Blight's biography brings Douglass into sharp focus, not just as a historical figure, but as a man. The regal looking figure we can see in images today was once a little boy, treated as property by the Auld family. He was heartbroken when he was emotionally rejected by his mistress, Sophia Auld, who had begun his education before her husband convinced her it was risky to educate a slave. He had a granddaughter who liked to braid his hair. His love of melody was bordering on the spiritual. He also, like all of us, had flaws. He may have been unfaithful to his wife. His emphasis on self-reliance was so extreme that it at times felt like a blind spot. He was a self-made man who pulled himself up out of slavery to become a highly influential figure and seemed at times almost disdainful of anyone who couldn't or wouldn't do the same. But that single-minded determination was perhaps his defining trait; he fought for equality quite literally up to his dying day. Douglass had a speaking arrangement scheduled for the evening of his death, before a heart attack took him unexpectedly. "Slavery is not abolished until the black man has the ballot."Blight's recounting of the life of Frederick Douglass is intensely researched and thorough. It was not quite as readable as other biographies I've read, such as Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton biography, but there's something to be said for valuing substance over style. Reading this was an infinitely valuable education experience, and I recommend it to anyone with an interest in American history and the beginnings of the civil rights movement.  

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    Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom review []  2020-1-17 22:55

    “What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade, and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy — a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices, more shocking and bloody, than are the people of these United States, at this very hour.”—Frederick Douglass, 1852It never fails. Every year on Fb I post Lenin's Letter to American Workers (in Revolutionary Continuity: Birth of the Communist Movement 1918-1922), or Jim Cannon's piece on the Fourth of July from Notebook of an Agitator: From the Wobblies to the War versus the Korean Battle and McCarthyism (paperback), and others post excerpts from Frederick Douglass’ 1852 speech on the Fourth of July. It sounds very radical, but it’s not the entire speech. And when Douglass spoke it, he had not completely broken with the framework of William Lloyd Garrison. Garrison’s followers did perfect propaganda versus slavery, and helped people escape on the Underground Railroad (to the extent their pacifism permitted). But by rejecting both political action and self-defense, there was no method to move uglas broke with this framework, and aligned himself with Gerrit Smith, who had a theory that the US Constitution was an anti-slavery document. (Smith managed to obtain himself elected to Congress running as an abolitionist). Now Smith's view on the Constitution was wrong, but still the constitution had genuine democratic content, and abolitionists required to base themselves on the gains of the First American Revolution in order to prepare for the Second one.Within a few years there was active resistance to the Fugitive Slave Act; then Bleeding Kansas, with the need to send guns to abolitionist settlers, and for them to fight; then there was the formation of the Republican Party, not an abolitionist party to be sure, but an anti-slavery party; and then John Brown, who had first created himself known in Kansas.I much prefer the later Douglass after he had broken with Garrison (eventually even Garrison had to change his views on both political action and violence). If you don't base yourself on what's already been accomplished, you can't move has become very fashionable in liberal and “leftist” circles, who mostly vote for the Democrats, to “dis” the First American Revolution. Gerald Horne, associated with ‘Political Affairs,’ published by the Communist Party, even wrote a book entitled 'The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America.' But it has nothing to do with Marxism!Reading genuine Marxist works on the period support one to understand Douglass in the context of his time. First there are Marx’s writings on slavery and the Civil War, some of which are collected in The Civil Battle in the United ericas Revolutionary Heritage helps to place this era into the broader context of US history, and Racism, Revolution, Reaction, 1861-1877: The Rise and Fall of Radical Reconstruction helps one to understand the downfall of Radical Reconstruction in class terms.While it isn’t correct to call Douglass after this period a “sell-out,’ he drifted to the right along with most of the middle class, which he had become part of. He rejected the one movement that could move things forward—the labor movement. The Second American Revolution was over; we saw the beginnings of US imperialism, although in the Leninist sense it wasn't quite as soon as David W. Blight thought. Both the Democrats and Republicans now represented huge business, but other than the tiny, mostly German-speaking Marxists, few were calling for a workers party. But there was a large wave of strikes. Blight writes that "Between 1880 and 1900 some 6.5 million workers participated in approximately twenty-three thousand strikes."This is a major work on a hugely necessary hero, although it becomes overly long and dull in parts. In my view the author needs to reevaluate U.S. Grant from the attacks on “corruption,” which was rampant everywhere, and still is under capitalism. Much of the focus on “corruption” and “alcoholism” came along with the rewriting of Reconstruction history by the racist Dunning School. I recommend the Ron Chernow’s Grant as a correction to that. Most of the books on the Civil Battle and Reconstruction by Eric Foner and James M. McPherson are also worth reading.And for the Black struggle today, I recommend Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Street to Workers Power and The Clintons' Anti-Working-Class Record (Why Washington fears working people?).

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    Life Coaching: Life Coaching Blueprint: Save A Life One Person At A Time (BONUS 30MINUTE Life Coaching Session- How To Motivate, Inspire, Change Your Life) review []  2020-1-21 21:42

    Picked up some valuable lessons in this book. I particularly enjoyed the section on the Batman Walk. Although I have come across a related exercise to this in the past, this is the first time that I have seen it framed that way. It is an interesting take. The author also talks about clearing limiting beliefs which is an necessary aspect that you can apply to your life even if you aren't trying to become a life coach. Overall very happy with the book, there are a lot of lessons you can apply to your life regardless if you are pursuing to become a life coach or not.

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    Life Coaching: Life Coaching Blueprint: Save A Life One Person At A Time (BONUS 30MINUTE Life Coaching Session- How To Motivate, Inspire, Change Your Life) review []  2020-1-21 21:42

    Life coaching is something that really can change a person's life for the better. I think that learning to be the best ver of yourself and growing each and every day really is a rewarding experience for an individual. This book talks about steps to being a life coach and also various concepts that could support someone's life such as power of personalities, how to make instant change, using pain & pleasure and state control. Overall, this book provides a positive outlook and encourages people to be the best versions of themselves!

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    This life coaching book is written by an experienced life coach to equip, encourage and human beings to take significant movement and create an effective distinction within the world. This is a amazing book, its purpose is to help the people live better lives. gives brilliant suggestions on dating problems and general all around dating advice. I would recommend the following book for life coaching and business coaching. This book is very inspiring.

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    I have always had a passion for helping people and saving lives, so when I saw this book popped up on my Amazon I was very curious about becoming a life coach. This book has not only taught me the basics of being a life coach, but also excited my about the idea helping others achieve there dreams. This book includes strong techniques to support yourself and others to achieve greatness. My favorite part of the book was when Zachary was talking about how doing the "Batman Walk" can create your day so much better. I also really enjoyed the "5 morning questions" that I should ask myself in the morning. I can't wait to begin implementing some of these techniques into my life, and sharing them with my friends!

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    This life coaching book uses tried and tested tactics from the authors very own private journey. At first glance some of the tactics he prescribes can seem daunting or uncomfortable, but as you read on you understand the concepts he employs are to really boost your confidence when dealing with clients and to support both you and the client relax and to allow go of your egos.I've watched one of his confidence exercises being talked about on a TED talk and it's an exercise i use regularly day to conclude, this book has some very actionable steps towards starting out as a life coach. The book contains activities to go through with clients and to practice on by yourself to support with future life coaching s full of positivity and some amazing honest and private touches from the authors own life.

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    As a trainer and part of the HR department of our company, coaching people is a part of our everyday lives at work. You coached people not just about their work sometimes even about their own private lives. Reading this book gave me a lot of ideas on how I can be a more effective coach at work and even outside work. It also helped me with understanding some of the problems I myself is going thru, like my hesitations in moving out of my comfort location and just do what I always wanted to do. His words – “being in the stuck in the middle of the fence and my fears stopping me from doing what I always wanted to do” kept repeating in my head. This book both inspired and challenged me to be a better ver of ever, I saw some typographical error and grammar error though very few. Nevertheless, it’s still an awesome book for me!

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    Life Coaching: Life Coaching Blueprint: Save A Life One Person At A Time (BONUS 30MINUTE Life Coaching Session- How To Motivate, Inspire, Change Your Life) review []  2020-1-21 21:42

    The book includes very useful info for everyone who liked to become a life coach.even if you just wish to support the people in your life, the info and exercise in this book can support you extremely!the book is very well written and the chapters are simple to understand.I would definitely recommend buying this book!, this book can possibility your life!

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    A lot of amazing items to think about and implement.

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    I was not impressed with the book. It is more a primer on NLP than it is a true blueprint for life coaching. There are some salient points, but the book could have been much better structured and more detailed. I think that ZD wrote it more as a marketing piece for his services than he did to really teach people about life coaching.

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    Life Coaching: Life Coaching Blueprint: Save a Life One Person at a Time (Bonus 30 Minute Life Coaching Session - How to Motivate, Inspire, Change Your Life) review []  2020-1-22 22:10

    Picked up some valuable lessons in this book. I particularly enjoyed the section on the Batman Walk. Although I have come across a related exercise to this in the past, this is the first time that I have seen it framed that way. It is an interesting take. The author also talks about clearing limiting beliefs which is an necessary aspect that you can apply to your life even if you aren't trying to become a life coach. Overall very happy with the book, there are a lot of lessons you can apply to your life regardless if you are pursuing to become a life coach or not.

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    Life Coaching: Life Coaching Blueprint: Save a Life One Person at a Time (Bonus 30 Minute Life Coaching Session - How to Motivate, Inspire, Change Your Life) review []  2020-1-22 22:10

    Life coaching is something that really can change a person's life for the better. I think that learning to be the best ver of yourself and growing each and every day really is a rewarding experience for an individual. This book talks about steps to being a life coach and also various concepts that could support someone's life such as power of personalities, how to make instant change, using pain & pleasure and state control. Overall, this book provides a positive outlook and encourages people to be the best versions of themselves!

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    Life Coaching: Life Coaching Blueprint: Save a Life One Person at a Time (Bonus 30 Minute Life Coaching Session - How to Motivate, Inspire, Change Your Life) review []  2020-1-22 22:10

    This life coaching book is written by an experienced life coach to equip, encourage and human beings to take significant movement and create an effective distinction within the world. This is a amazing book, its purpose is to help the people live better lives. gives brilliant suggestions on dating problems and general all around dating advice. I would recommend the following book for life coaching and business coaching. This book is very inspiring.

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    Life Coaching: Life Coaching Blueprint: Save a Life One Person at a Time (Bonus 30 Minute Life Coaching Session - How to Motivate, Inspire, Change Your Life) review []  2020-1-22 22:10

    I have always had a passion for helping people and saving lives, so when I saw this book popped up on my Amazon I was very curious about becoming a life coach. This book has not only taught me the basics of being a life coach, but also excited my about the idea helping others achieve there dreams. This book includes strong techniques to support yourself and others to achieve greatness. My favorite part of the book was when Zachary was talking about how doing the "Batman Walk" can create your day so much better. I also really enjoyed the "5 morning questions" that I should ask myself in the morning. I can't wait to begin implementing some of these techniques into my life, and sharing them with my friends!

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    This life coaching book uses tried and tested tactics from the authors very own private journey. At first glance some of the tactics he prescribes can seem daunting or uncomfortable, but as you read on you understand the concepts he employs are to really boost your confidence when dealing with clients and to support both you and the client relax and to allow go of your egos.I've watched one of his confidence exercises being talked about on a TED talk and it's an exercise i use regularly day to conclude, this book has some very actionable steps towards starting out as a life coach. The book contains activities to go through with clients and to practice on by yourself to support with future life coaching s full of positivity and some amazing honest and private touches from the authors own life.

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    As a trainer and part of the HR department of our company, coaching people is a part of our everyday lives at work. You coached people not just about their work sometimes even about their own private lives. Reading this book gave me a lot of ideas on how I can be a more effective coach at work and even outside work. It also helped me with understanding some of the problems I myself is going thru, like my hesitations in moving out of my comfort location and just do what I always wanted to do. His words – “being in the stuck in the middle of the fence and my fears stopping me from doing what I always wanted to do” kept repeating in my head. This book both inspired and challenged me to be a better ver of ever, I saw some typographical error and grammar error though very few. Nevertheless, it’s still an awesome book for me!

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    The book includes very useful info for everyone who liked to become a life coach.even if you just wish to support the people in your life, the info and exercise in this book can support you extremely!the book is very well written and the chapters are simple to understand.I would definitely recommend buying this book!, this book can possibility your life!

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    A lot of amazing items to think about and implement.

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    I was not impressed with the book. It is more a primer on NLP than it is a true blueprint for life coaching. There are some salient points, but the book could have been much better structured and more detailed. I think that ZD wrote it more as a marketing piece for his services than he did to really teach people about life coaching.

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    Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man review []  2019-12-20 18:35

    Amazing book I enjoyed it but if you’re going to read one book about Douglass you should actually read the words of Frederick Douglass. Douglass is a better writer than Sandefur, and I am sure that Sandefur would agree. What I liked about the book is that he provides a bit of context into the backstory of Douglass’s life. The ideological wars between William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglass. Garrison’s idea of no Union with Slaveholders was a northern secessionist idea. That Fresh England should break away from the Union and should not compromise with South. This was nearly identical ideology of Southern Secessionists during the War. The latest chapter is nice where he compares the views of Booker T Washington vs. W.E.B. Dubois and Frederick Douglass. In the authors view Douglass would have adopted the tactic of Dubois and ideology of uglass’s views of the Constitution identity politics and the nations founding civil rights are out of favor with a lot of in the black community. Ta-Nehisi Coates said that this nation was founded on the idea of white supremacy. While Douglass said that the Constitution and the founding documents of this country “was a glorious document of liberty”. He consistently held the ideas of John Locke and the founding fathers that the role of government to protect the property of its citizens and leave them alone. But Douglass also criticized the hypocrisy of the American system and criticized Americans for failing to live up to those high ideals. His goals was not to destroy the American system and the American constitution his goal was to be included in it. With Douglass’s constant cries of equality under the law and they should be best left e Essential Douglass: Selected Writings and Speeches

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    Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man review []  2019-12-20 18:35

    In the words of my eight-year-old son: “Frederick Douglass is cool!” Timothy Sandefur’s fresh book on Douglass is a pithy acc of why he is so cool. In this tightly and clearly written acc of Douglass’ life and legacy, Sandefur persuasively makes the case that Douglass is an necessary and central figure of 19th century American politics and should be for the 20th and 21st centuries as well. He highlights the nuance, depth, and breadth of Douglass’ intellectual achievements: not just on the abolition movement but also on constitutional and political theory more ndefur shows how Douglass’s ideas, style, and methods influenced in different ways thinkers and activists such as Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, and Martin Luther King, Jr. He info Douglass’ self-made rise from bondage to dining with and influencing U.S. e one “problem” with the book is that it will inspire you to go out and read more about Douglass and by Douglass.

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    Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man review []  2019-12-20 18:35

    What a read! I hope that this book is read, taught, and discussed in homes and schools for years to come. I didn't know that much about Frederick Douglass save for a few of his most popular quotes before reading this book. Mr. Sandefur's work has opened my eyes and my heart to one of our country's greatest and most influential heroes.

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    Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man review []  2019-12-20 18:35

    What I found fascinating was the detail around what happened after the Battle when, while I was well aware of the happenings & rascism in the South, I was not aware that the north was so ambivalent about what happened to the Freedman after they had eased their conscience through the battle effort, they were in no method willing to accept them as equals. The "civil" battle lasted over 100 years.

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    Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man review []  2019-12-20 18:35

    I happen to be a large fan of the author, Mr. Sandefur, having heard him interviewed on a lot of subjects. I search him to be a brilliant libertarian mind. I ordered this book as soon as it came out and have since purchased it for nearly everyone I know (mostly for their children). This book not only gave me a lesson on a truly monumental man, but also a vivid and accurate perspective on our constitution, slavery, the abolishonist movement, the civil war, the reconstruction, and the civil rights movement. I have a newfound appreciation for an incredibly fascinating and historically pivotal man. It's not a 1000 page slog. It's a fast and enthralling read. I'm about ready to buy more copies!

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    Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man review []  2019-12-20 18:35

    What I loved about Timothy Sandefur's take is that it examines the abolitionist leader's life in a radical method -- departing from politically correct rehashings to view to show Douglass as he saw himself: Self-made, independent, individualistic, ambitious, and yes, even patriotic. While most of us know the basics of Douglass' life -- which he himself told in his multiple autobiographies -- Sandefur challenges the conventional wisdom with original research, deftly analysed and articulated, making a compelling case that Douglass was not about serving others -- far from it, he had an incredibly powerful sense of self, and esteem based on individual achievement, the antithesis of race collectivism. Sandefur's story is not just a history of who Douglass was -- but an aspirational narrative of who each one of us may choose to be.

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    Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man review []  2019-12-20 18:35

    Amazing book about a amazing if not forgotten American. A man born into slavery who became the greatest orator and most passionate advocate and abolitionist for freeing the millions of slave in the South. Outstanding.

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    Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man review []  2019-12-20 18:35

    All I knew about Douglass previously was his Narrative as taught in elementary school. This book filled in the info that let me to know him as a man rather than just a caricature.

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    Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man review []  2019-12-20 18:35

    At age 69, for whatever reasons, I don't wish min info that I will never remember. The author does a unbelievable job of condensing into 140 pages, where others, perhaps "academics," would waste an extra 400 pages. Bravo!!The rub of the 1 star reviews that the author is engaging in historical revisionism should be laid to rest. The large elephant in the room is Douglas' turn away from Garrison when he started his own publication in Rochester. Douglas saw the U.S. Constitution as a mate to liberty, not a slave document. This is absolutely confirmed by the crisp, clear prose of Fredrick Douglas himself.I reject another 1 star that speaks to historical revisionism because the author relies on Douglas' autobiographies and not his speeches. Well, I haven't read his speeches, but "Self-Made Man" is the title of his most popular speech. The title alone provides insight that Douglas didn't think like a modern "Progressive."For myself, the best story is not about Covey, but receiving two pieces of silver for voluntarily shoveling a woman's coal into her coal storage area. That story displays the essence of humanity, and the idea presented by George Gilder that capitalism is the presentation of bonuses to the globe and the joy of knowing your bonus was worthy by having received a bonus of value in the book and learn how other Americans have thought. And, for heaven sakes, don't listen to the 1 star scolds who want for you to shut down your own ability to think.

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    Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man review []  2019-12-20 18:35

    I have found deep inspiration in this book. There's so much that you can apply to your own life. Timothy Sandefur paints a fascinating portrait of Frederick Douglass, the man who would do anything to throw slavery off and "make a life" for himself. What does "making a life" mean? Sandefur enables Douglass to speak anew, to a fresh generation of freedom seekers. Most importantly, and unlike a lot of other books on Douglass, the author ushers us into Douglass's method of thinking and his vibrant and thrilling ideas about the well-lived life. This makes the book unique. Bravo, Mr. Sandefur.

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    A Splendid Savage: The Restless Life of Frederick Russell Burnham review [Book]  2018-3-22 18:0

    A well-researched, highly readable life of one of the most remarkable frontiersmen of the late 19th-early 20th Century. Kemper does a nice job of fleshing out Burnham's involvement in the Tonto Basin Feud, also known as the Pleasant Valley War. Burnham's own memoir is maddeningly vague in the info and it looks like Kemper's account, while still full of dark locations and unresolved questions, is about as amazing as we're going to mper squarely takes on the controversies surrounding Burnham's part in The Shangani Patrol in the First Matabele Battle of 1893 and the targeted killing of the M'limo (a shaman) in the second battle in 1896. His assessment of different accounts is judicious and his conclusions fair and, I believe, right in the x-ring.Anyone with interest in frontier history, outdoor adventure and/or the origins of unique operations warfare will search this book a amazing read by the wood stove — and an perfect addition to their library.

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    A Splendid Savage: The Restless Life of Frederick Russell Burnham review [Book]  2018-3-22 18:0

    35 years ago I asked the screen writer John Milius if he’d considered telling Burnham’s story on film. His response, “nobody would believe it.” Kemper’s Splendid Savage reminds me of the truth of John’s is book includes a wealth of info collected from previously unpublished sources and does a amazing job of filling in the gaps left begin in Burnham’s two books. Highly recommended to anyone interested in the history of the American West, the making of a Nation, the law of Unintended Consequences and certainly anything to do with the hero traits and skill set needed for Unique Forces.A couple of critical reviewers were apparently place off by Kemper’s inclusion of Burnham’s (and Churchill’s and Teddy Roosevelt’s among others) views of race, but also including an explanation that these views were not unremarkable for the time. This hardly struck me as some sort of PC garbage, but rather taking the opportunity to suggest to a reader who was unfamiliar or appalled with these common views that they were in fact common and well-reasoned based on observation at the any case, kudo’s to the author and I highly recommend the book. Mine was the Kindle version, but I’m buying a hard copy to place on my book shelf next to my original two volume set of Burnham and Richard Harding Davis’s work.

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    A Splendid Savage: The Restless Life of Frederick Russell Burnham review [Book]  2018-3-22 18:0

    This is an perfect book that provides a close look of the old west, the happenings leading up to and during the Boer Battle and even Burnham's involvement in the First Globe War. He seemed to be in the right put at the right time during his very active life. But I think the author also strips away Burnham's polished exterior to reveal his core values which seemed to me to revolve around him chasing the next rainbow, hoping to strike it rich in two continents including both Alaska and Mexico. He appears to back some loosing causes, especially in Mexico, but he usually bounces back the the support of some very influential and rich associates. Towards the end of his life, he seemed to become much more radically conservative in his globe view (similar to some on the national front now).In any event, Frederick Russell Burnham lived a life of grand adventure and excitement, interspersed to sorrow and tragedy on a private basis.I highly recommend is book.

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    A Splendid Savage: The Restless Life of Frederick Russell Burnham review [Book]  2018-3-22 18:0

    An interesting story with a LOT of details. (The author did an awesome amount of research.) You don't often read about true people who could fascinate Theodore Roosevelt! If I had any negative things to say, it would just be that the author worked so hard to be accurate that a lot of the book feels "academic". Instead of piecing together a conversation, we have references as to how it might have been. Still a amazing read - and still an awesome character.

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    A Splendid Savage: The Restless Life of Frederick Russell Burnham review [Book]  2018-3-22 18:0

    Had not read much about Burnham before and did not know much about his exploits. If only half of what is reported here is true, Burnham’s life makes Indiana Jones pale by comparison. Soldier, explorer, miner, tracker and conservationist, his story is remarkable. Recommended.

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    A Splendid Savage: The Restless Life of Frederick Russell Burnham review [Book]  2018-3-22 18:0

    What an interesting man! I suppose he would be scorned as racist by current society, but I would call that a lack of comprehension of his globe view. He embodies all of the traits we think of as manly and compassionate along with a decent intelligence, amazing self confidence and unfailing energy.

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    A Splendid Savage: The Restless Life of Frederick Russell Burnham review [Book]  2018-3-22 18:0

    Frederick Russell Burnham lived a life that was one endless adventure tale. His scouting skills emulated by Lord Baden-Powell led to the founding of the Boy Scouts. I am a former Boy Scout and Explorer Scout, and the skills I learned through Scouting (many years ago!) have small practical value in my life today, but taught me much regarding private responsibility, resourcefulness, and self-sufficiency.

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    A Splendid Savage: The Restless Life of Frederick Russell Burnham review [Book]  2018-3-22 18:0

    This is an in depth record of one man's life and how it greatly impacted our current world. It almost sounds like fiction except for the validation of other resources. Sometimes the info overpower the story and can bring on a feeling of boredom as the reader feels "here we go again", which is why I gave the book 4 eresting reading though.

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    A Splendid Savage: The Restless Life of Frederick Russell Burnham review [Book]  2018-3-22 18:0

    I enjoyed this book more than any I have read for some time. It tells the story of an amazingly interesting explorer who had a very full and exciting life. The author did a amazing job of presenting a review of history from a perspective that was pertinent to the story and various in perspective from the usual classroom approach...assuming the usual classroom even tries to explain the Boer War, European colonial policy in Africa, the Indian Battles from an Indian perspective or the Klondike from a prospectors perspective. Well done Mr Kemper.

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    A Splendid Savage: The Restless Life of Frederick Russell Burnham review [Book]  2018-3-22 18:0

    I chose this book because of the title. It rings with the taste of Adventure, and History. Plus the racial opinions of the main Hero are to be in the context of his time.

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    This awesome book by Dr. Elsen goes deeper than Brian Weiss in his book, A lot of Lives, A lot of Masters. It dives into the nature of the soul, why we reincarnate, and the purpose of being. It's a fascinating acc of clients who connect with the superconscious state during life-between-life spiritual regression therapy.

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