GET 2 AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL CLASSICS OF AMERICAN LITERATURE BY A FORMER SLAVE AND A LEADER IN THE ABOLITIONIST MOVEMENT! Frederick Douglass was an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining preeminence for his oratory and anti-slavery writing NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS is a dramatic autobiography of the early life of an American slave, first published in 1845 when its author had just achieved his freedom. Its shocking first-hand account of the horrors of slavery became an international bestseller. His eloquence led Frederick Douglass to become the first great African-American leader in the United States. MY BONDAGE AND MY FREEDOM is Frederick Douglass' second autobiography. First published in 1855—at the height of Douglass's involvement in the abolitionist movement—his narrative describes the steps that had led him to the forefront of the struggle for racial justice. Writing a decade of reflection following his legal emancipation in 1846, and after breaking with his mentor, William Lloyd Garrison, Douglass became catapulted into the international spotlight as the foremost spokesman for American blacks, both freed and slave. Read these two autobiographical classics of American literature and discover the brilliance and determination of the incredible leader, Frederick Douglass.