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My Bondage and My Freedom, 1st Edition

  • Frederick Douglass
  • ISBN-10: 0393923630
  • ISBN-13: 9780393923636
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2021 Available September 2020
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About the Product

“Nick Bromell and R. Blakeslee Gilpin have edited Frederick Douglass’s iconic autobiography with great verve and insight. Coupled with some known as well as unknown documents, this edition of My Bondage and My Freedom will be of tremendous use for experts and nonexperts alike.” —MANISHA SINHA, University of Connecticut

About the Series

Read by more than 12 million students over fifty-five years, Norton Critical Editions set the standard for apparatus that is right for undergraduate readers. The three-part format—annotated text, contexts, and criticism—helps students to better understand, analyze, and appreciate the literature, while opening a wide range of teaching possibilities for instructors. Whether in print or in digital format, Norton Critical Editions provide all the resources students need.


  • Nick Bromell and R. Blakeslee Gilpin’s introduction to Frederick Douglass’s second autobiography, providing the deep contextualization teachers want and students need.

  • The first edition text (1855), accompanied by the editors’ detailed explanatory footnotes.

  • Twelve contemporary works that relate to My Bondage and My Freedom, including writings by Frederick Douglass, Benjamin Franklin, William Lloyd Garrison, Henry David Thoreau, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Harriet Jacobs.

  • Nineteen critical assessments of My Bondage and My Freedom—nine contemporary and ten recent interpretations—to inspire classroom discussion and research topics across the curriculum.

  • A chronology of Frederick Douglass’s life and work and a selected bibliography.