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Brief Recapitulation of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

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  A Brief Recapitulation of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass   The book Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass was a ground breaking depiction of the life of a former slave. The author, Frederick Douglass, overcame unbelievable odds in his quest for knowledge and freedom. At the time of its release in 1845, America’s segregated society had never heard the portrayal of life as an American slave. It was unfathomable that a slave could even read or write and yet here lie the beauty and prose of Douglass’s inaugural magnum opus. When Narrative of the Life was published, slavery was very much legal in the United States. Douglass had escaped his slave owner and travelled up North to freedom. Even though he may have been free from ownership, Douglass still lived in fear since if a slave was known to escape it was the slave owner’s right to capture the slave and return him to his master. This fact alone exemplifies the bravery and courage of Douglass to expose the evil