The story of the slave

A living witness to the 'blood-stained hell of slavery Frederick Douglass told and retold 'the story of the slave' in impassioned speeches he delivered to audiences in their thousands. In 1845, he named and shamed his white slaveholding owners in his first autobiography.

Douglass's autobiography is one among many works authored by formerly enslaved and self-emancipated writers living across the Atlantic world.

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