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This volume, the most famous of all slave narratives, written by the most towering black figure of the nineteenth century, is both literature and historical analysis. In a well-crafted prose, Douglass provides a true glimpse of the brutal experience of slavery in ante-bellum America. Douglass has left an indispensable legacy for modern day readers in helping them understand what it's like to be "broken in body, soul, and spirit" yet rise above unimaginable adversity to become an outstanding orator.
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