My Bondage and My Freedom
ISBN10: ISBN13: 9798635579411 Publisher: Independently Published Published: Apr 10 2020 Pages: 232 Language: English
If the volume now presented to the public were a mere work of ART, the history of its misfortune might be written in two very simple words-TOO LATE. The nature and character of slavery have been subjects of an almost endless variety of artistic representation; and after the brilliant achievements in that field, and while those achievements are yet fresh in the memory of the million, he who would add another to the legion, must possess the charm of transcendent excellence, or apologize for something worse than rashness. The reader is, therefore, assured, with all due promptitude, that his attention is not invited to a work of ART, but to a work of FACTS-Facts, terrible and almost incredible, it may be yet FACTS, nevertheless.I am authorized to say that there is not a fictitious name nor place in the whole volume; but that names and places are literally given, and that every transaction therein described actually transpired.Perhaps the best Preface to this volume is furnished in the following letter of Mr. Douglass, written in answer to my urgent solicitation for such a work: ROCHESTER, N. Y. July 2, 1855.