In Frederick Douglass' autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Douglass shares his inspirational journey. Douglass was born a slave but was determined to educate himself, so he taught himself to read and write, even though it was illegal, punishable by death. Because of Douglass' determination to become literate, he was able to capture one of the most accurate and descriptive narratives of pre-Civil War slavery. An emotional examination of the horrific and violent life forced upon slaves, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is an important fixture in historical literature.
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