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The Lives of Frederick Douglass

Author: Robert S Levine
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Frederick Douglass's fluid, changeable sense of his own life story is reflected in the many conflicting accounts he gave of key events and relationships during his journey from slavery to freedom. Nevertheless, when these differing self-presentations are put side by side and consideration is given individually to their rhetorical strategies and historical moment, what emerges is a fascinating collage of Robert S.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
History
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Levine, Robert S. (Robert Steven), 1953-
Lives of Frederick Douglass
(DLC) 2015016183
(OCoLC)912140528
Named Person: Frederick Douglass; Frederick Douglass; Frederick Douglass
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert S Levine
ISBN: 9780674915268 0674915267
OCLC Number: 936462813
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 373 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction: lives after the narrative --
The Massachusetts anti-slavery society narrative --
Taking back the narrative: the Dublin editions --
Heroic slaves: Madison Washington and my bondage and my freedom --
Tales of Abraham Lincoln (and John Brown) --
Thomas Auld and the reunion narrative --
Epilogue: posthumous Douglass.
Responsibility: Robert S. Levine.
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"Frederick Douglass's fluid, changeable sense of his own life story is reflected in the many conflicting accounts he gave of key events and relationships during his journey from slavery to freedom. Nevertheless, when these differing self-presentations are put side by side and consideration is given individually to their rhetorical strategies and historical moment, what emerges is a fascinating collage of Robert S. Levine's elusive subject. The Lives of Frederick Douglass is revisionist biography at its best, offering new perspectives on Douglass the social reformer, orator, and writer. Out of print for a hundred years when it was reissued in 1960, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845) has since become part of the canon of American literature and the primary lens through which scholars see Douglass's life and work. Levine argues that the disproportionate attention paid to the Narrative has distorted Douglass's larger autobiographical project. The Lives of Frederick Douglass focuses on a wide range of writings from the 1840s to the 1890s, particularly the neglected Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (1881, 1892), revised and expanded only three years before Douglass's death. Levine provides fresh insights into Douglass's relationships with John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, William Lloyd Garrison, and his former slave master Thomas Auld, and highlights Douglass's evolving positions on race, violence, and nation. Levine's portrait reveals that Douglass could be every bit as pragmatic as Lincoln--of whom he was sometimes fiercely critical--when it came to promoting his own work and goals."--Publisher's description.

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A groundbreaking work of revisionary biography that reveals Douglass as a canny writer far ahead of his time.--John Stauffer, Harvard University Levine offers a fascinating study of the most famous Read more...

 
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