1855 1st Ed My Bondage And My Freedom Frederick Douglass Civil Rights Slavery
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1855 1st Ed My Bondage And My Freedom Frederick Douglass Civil Rights Slavery :
"The anti-slavery cause is not a new thing under the sun; not some moral delusion which a few years' experience may dispel. It has appeared among men in all ages, and summoned its advocates from all ranks. Its foundations are laid in the deepest and holiest convictions, and from whatever soul the demon, selfishness, is expelled, there will this cause take up its abode. Old as the everlasting hills; immovable as the throne of God; and certain as the purposes of eternal power, against all hinderances, and against all delays, and despite all the mutations of human instrumentalities, it is the faith of my soul, that this anti-slavery cause will triumph."MY BONDAGE AND MY FREEDOM: Part I.- Life as a Slave, Part II. - Life as a freeman. FREDERICK DOUGLASS; WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY DR. JAMES M'CUNE SMITH. NEW YORK AND AUBURN; MILLER, ORTON & MULLIGAN, 1855. First Edition.No mention of later printings at head of title-page and no publisher's ads at rear. Within the first two months of this work's publication in August 1855, 15,000 copies were sold. Small 8vo. xxxi, 464 pages, appendix (excerpts from the author's speeches and a letter to his former master). Tissue-guarded portrait frontispiece with facsimile signature and two engraved plates. Publisher's original cloth (originally purple, now faded to gray), spine lettering faded with age; decorative blindstamped boards. Recent archival conservation, binding strengthened, repair to head and tail of spine, corners. Light tidemark at head of plates, occasional spotting, block edges foxed, otherwise interior clear and unmarked. An attractive copy of the second autobiography and slave narrative of Douglass, who went on to become a prominent Abolitionist, journalist, orator, author, and one of the most powerful voices to emerge from the civil rights movement of the nineteenth century. "There was little necessity for doubt and hesitation on the part of Mr. Douglass, as to the propriety of his giving to the world a full account of himself. A man who was born and brought up in slavery, a living witness of its horrors; who often himself experienced its cruelties; and who, despite the depressing influences surrounding his birth, youth and manhood, has risen, from a dark and almost absolute obscurity, to the distinguished position which he now occupies, might very well assume the existence of a commendable curiosity, on the part of the public, to know the facts of his remarkable history."