Up Close and Personal

Jul 26, 2023 by Rose O'Keefe

After his talk, I bought a new copy of Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of An American Slave, written by Himself. This Douglass Family Edition of Narrative has a moving foreword by Morris; a heartfelt message from FDFI Executive Director, Erica Mock, and testimonials from fourteen people on “What the Narrative Means to me.” 

Much to my surprise, the first time I looked through the book, I missed some of the back matter. After the appendix but before notes, resources and timeline, there is an amazing selection of family photos: “Photographs: A Family’s Perspective,” by Nettie Washington Douglass. It showed fourteen images and captions. Wow! Thank you to all for this awesome addition!

For years I’ve searched for details about the Douglass family who called Rochester their home for twenty five years. Most of what I read had little information about the family’s life, but footnotes in scholarly works had details that brief profiles lacked. That’s when I got hooked on reading a book’s index and chronology. This latest edition in partnership with The History Channel is a wonderful version that will help readers connect better with the Douglass family’s powerful legacy.

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