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Illuminates daily life in slave society in America from colonial times to the end of the Civil War. Provides information on the business and regulation of slavery, the plantation way of life, work, family and community, culture and leisure, health and medicine, religion, resistance and rebellion, and slavery and freedom in the North.
This essay collection focuses on Douglass' contributions to American and African American literature. In addition to offering new perspectives of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Written by Himself, this volume contains critical essays about "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?," The Heroic Slave, and Douglass' later autobiographies. It also considers Douglass' writings alongside the works of his contemporaries and explores his continuing literary legacy in the global twenty-first century.
This collection consists of 105 library books and manuscripts, totalling approximately 8,700 pages drawn principally from the Law Library and the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, with a few from the General Collections.