Life and Times of Frederick Douglass


Read by Lee Smalley

(4.8 stars; 81 reviews)

Frederick Douglass published his highly acclaimed third autobiography, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, in 1881 and revised it in 1892. The emancipation of American slaves during and following the American Civil War enabled him to relate in this volume more details of his life as a slave and his escape from slavery than he could in his two previous autobiographies, which would have put him and his family in danger. It is the only Douglass autobiography to discuss his life during and after the Civil War, his encounters with several American presidents including Lincoln and Garfield, his account of the ill-fated "Freedman's Bank", and his service as the United States Marshall of the District of Columbia and as U. S. Minister to Haiti. This masterfully written book is all the more remarkable because it is the product of one who as a slave was denied the right to any schooling. ~ Adapted from Wikipedia by Lee Smalley (23 hr 4 min)

Chapters

Introduction 20:28 Read by Lee Smalley
Author's Birth 5:52 Read by Lee Smalley
Removal from Grandmother's 8:50 Read by Lee Smalley
Troubles of Childhood 6:50 Read by Lee Smalley
A General Survey of the Slave Plantation 19:02 Read by Lee Smalley
A Slaveholder's Character 11:07 Read by Lee Smalley
A Child's Reasoning 17:07 Read by Lee Smalley
Luxuries at the Great House 16:10 Read by Lee Smalley
Characteristics of Overseers 10:16 Read by Lee Smalley
Change of Location 14:08 Read by Lee Smalley
Learning to Read 10:00 Read by Lee Smalley
Growing in Knowledge 15:35 Read by Lee Smalley
Religious Nature Awakened 15:30 Read by Lee Smalley
The Vicissitudes of Slave Life 18:01 Read by Lee Smalley
Experience in St. Michaels 26:59 Read by Lee Smalley
Covey, the Negro Breaker 29:23 Read by Lee Smalley
Another Pressure of the Tyrant's Vice 16:13 Read by Lee Smalley
The Last Flogging 25:54 Read by Lee Smalley
New Relations and Duties 22:06 Read by Lee Smalley
The Runaway Plot 51:27 Read by Lee Smalley
Apprenticeship Life 26:58 Read by Lee Smalley
Escape from Slavery, Part 1 16:33 Read by Lee Smalley
Escape from Slavery, Part 2 11:30 Read by Lee Smalley
Life as a Freeman 31:51 Read by Lee Smalley
Introduced to the Abolitionists 11:10 Read by Lee Smalley
Recollections of Old Friends 14:33 Read by Lee Smalley
One Hundred Conventions 14:12 Read by Lee Smalley
Impressions Abroad 1:06:18 Read by Lee Smalley
Triumphs and Trials 28:08 Read by Lee Smalley
John Brown and Mrs. Stowe 48:43 Read by Lee Smalley
Increasing Demands of the Slave Power 52:27 Read by Lee Smalley
The Beginning of the End 43:40 Read by Lee Smalley
Secession and War 41:41 Read by Lee Smalley
Hope for the Nation 53:08 Read by Lee Smalley
Vast Changes 58:51 Read by Lee Smalley
Living and Learning 19:38 Read by Lee Smalley
Weighed in the Balance 1:15:46 Read by Lee Smalley
Time Makes All Things Even 29:45 Read by Lee Smalley
Incidents and Events 30:19 Read by Lee Smalley
Honor to Whom Honor 21:36 Read by Lee Smalley
Retrospection 13:18 Read by Lee Smalley
Appendix 1:06:17 Read by Lee Smalley
Later Life 13:00 Read by Lee Smalley
A Grand Occasion 12:17 Read by Lee Smalley
Doubts as to Garfield's Course 7:38 Read by Lee Smalley
Recorder of Deeds 10:44 Read by Lee Smalley
President Cleveland's Administration 15:05 Read by Lee Smalley
The Supreme Court Decision 35:04 Read by Lee Smalley
Defeat of James G. Blaine 6:14 Read by Lee Smalley
European Tour 12:03 Read by Lee Smalley
Continuation of European Tour 1:09:52 Read by Lee Smalley
The Campaign of 1888 10:35 Read by Lee Smalley
The Administration of President Harrison 6:32 Read by Lee Smalley
Minister to Haiti 21:19 Read by Lee Smalley
Continued Negotiations for the Mole St. Nicolas 26:52 Read by Lee Smalley

Reviews

Interesting Historical Perspective


(4 stars)

the reader was excellent. hearing the perspective from someone living through these historical events is interesting and puts current political "crisis" in perspective.

Outstanding


(5 stars)

The reader is excellent! The story is a more detailed account of one of the greatest abolitionists in history.

A MUST listen


(5 stars)

So glad I listened to this book. Such an amazing man and so well written. An example to all of us, no matter your background, to achieve anything in life! I especially appreciated his reverence to Paganini’s violin on his tour through Europe, this added a special touch for me, a lover of classical music.The narrator, Mr. Lee Smalley is exceptional. Thanks to all, JK

great book


(5 stars)

An important book in each of its three sections, life as a slave, life after slavery, and the ten years following the writing of the first sections. It gives a valuable perspective into slavery and of the tireless fight for freedom and equality b one of 19th century’s most important and eloquent spokesmen.

A crucial insight into slavery and the Civil War


(5 stars)

As a white man, somehow I put this historical document on a back burner as just the black view of key historical events. Instead I ended up admiring this great man and learned more than from many historians. Good audio reading as well. Very good.

Remarkable


(5 stars)

Such a stirring, momentous, eventful life. Without a doubt one of the greatest orators of his time. I received more insight into the period from Mr. Douglass' words than from all my schooling. And my applause to the reader, a remarkable work.

Very informative


(5 stars)

very good narration by Mr. Smalley. I need to listen to this several more times so that I, too, can start increasing my vocabulary. I hadn't known that Mr. Douglas was involved in so many aspects of American history.


(5 stars)

this is the most beautiful and eloquent writing, powerful, observant and honest. The true story of the life of slaves is of unbearable hardship, heinous human treatment, a powerful shame of the US. Everyone must read it.