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American University: Books That Shaped America Discussion Series – The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave [June 4, 2013, 7:30 – 9:00pm]

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The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

A community dialogue about slavery in America–the triumph of one man’s emancipation from bondage–led by Professor Thomas Merrill (Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs)

June 4, 2013, 7:30–9:00pm

Mud Box Cafe
Bender Library, Room B30A
American University

Frederick Douglass’s first autobiography is one of the best-written and most widely read slave narratives. It was boldly published less than seven years after Douglass had escaped and before his freedom purchased. Prefaced by statements of support from his abolitionist friends, William Garrison and Wendell Phillips, Douglass’s book relates his experiences growing up a slave in Maryland and describes the strategies he used to learn to read and write. More than just a personal story of courage, Douglass’s account became a strong testament for the need to abolish slavery.

Please join us for a community dialogue about slavery in America – and the triumph of one man’s emancipation from bondage – informed by the classic book by Frederick Douglass. The discussion will be led by Professor Tom Merrill of the Department of Government. Professor Merrill’s research and teaching interests include political philosophy, especially early modern political philosophy, bioethics, and public policy.

All members of the American University and greater Washington, DC, communities are invited. Attendees do not need to have read the book. Admission is free and reservation is not required.

Light refreshments will be served at all events.

For more information visit: http://www.american.edu/spexs/btsa or contact LibEvents@american.edu202-885-3847

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Frederick Douglass included in Library of Congress’ “Books That Shaped America” Exhibition set to open June 25

This week the Library of Congress, holder of the extensive Frederick Douglass Papers collection, announced the opening a new exhibit, “Books That Shaped America.” Of the 88 books featured, it’s only right that Frederick Douglass’ battle cry to antebellum America, and in fact the world, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, is included.

“This list is a starting point,” said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. “It is not a register of the ‘best’ American books – although many of them fit that description. Rather, the list is intended to spark a national conversation on books written by Americans that have influenced our lives, whether they appear on this initial list or not.”

According to LOC’s description:

Frederick Douglass, “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” (1845)
Frederick Douglass’s first autobiography is one of the best-written and most widely read slave narratives. It was boldly published less than seven years after Douglass had escaped and before his freedom was purchased. Prefaced by statements of support from his abolitionist friends, William Garrison and Wendell Phillips, Douglass’s book relates his experiences growing up a slave in Maryland and describes the strategies he used to learn to read and write. More than just a personal story of courage, Douglass’s account became a strong testament for the need to abolish slavery.

The “Books That Shaped America” exhibition will be on view from June 25 through Sept. 29 in the Southwest Gallery, located on the second floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C., from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closest Metro is Capitol South on the Orange or Blue Line. This exhibition is supported by the National Book Festival Fund.

On view in the exhibition will be many rare editions from the Library’s Rare Book and Special Collections Division, as well as other related items chosen from various parts of the Library.

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