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AAS385/ ENG289: Slave & Neo-Slave Narratives

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass


Primary Sources




Levine, Robert S. The Lives of Frederick Douglass. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2016.

America History and Life

FREDERICK DOUGLASS'S FORAY INTO FICTION: CONSIDERING THE CONTEXT OF RECENT WORK ON THE HEROIC SLAVE. McKivigan, John, Schultz, Jane, Journal of African American History. Winter2017, Vol. 102 Issue 1, p1-7. 

MLA International Bibliography

Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. "Frederick Douglass's Camera Obscura: Representing the Antislave “Clothed and in Their Own Form”." Critical Inquiry 42, no. 1 (2015): 31-60. MLA International Bibliography, EBSCOhost (accessed October 18, 2017).


Lampe, Gregory P. "Frederick Douglass’ Maryland Plantation Education: His Discovery of Oratory." In Frederick Douglass: Freedom's Voice, 1818-1845, 1-32. Michigan State University Press, 1998.

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