This beautiful, historic book was originally published when Frederick Douglass was just 27 years old. This is the first, and most frequently read, of his three autobiographies. Douglass provides graphic descriptions of his childhood and horrifying experiences as a slave as well as a harrowing record of his dramatic escape to the North and eventual freedom. This bicentennial edition is placed in context with an introduction by historian Bryan Stevenson, a Forward "A Family’s Perspective" by Kenneth B. Morris, of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiative and photographs offering "A Family’s Perspective" by Nettie Washington Douglass. The Frederick Douglass Family Initiative published this special Bicentennial Edition and your purchase of this book supports their work. Learn more at