This is the post I do every Friday, which I post a first line of a book, which generally has a connection to a date close to when it is posted. In addition the book is usually one that I have read or is on my TBR.

So here goes:-

Narative Life of Fredrick Dougless, An American Slave by Fredrick Douglass

“I was bon in Tuckahoe, near Hilsborough, and about twelve miles from Easton, in Talbot county, Maryland”

 

This is the memoir, of Fredrick Douglass from 1845, which is considered to be one of the most famous of the slave memoirs, which were used to support the abolitionist movement. Fredrick Douglass himself, worked in the campaign against slavery and also spent time in both the UK and in Europe at a latter date. As well as campigning against slavery, he was also supported the US women’s suffrage movement.

The Reason I chose this book today as it is going up on the 19th June, which in the USA is Juneteenth, which celebrate the end of slavery,  is an unofficial, American holiday and an official holiday in Texas, as June the 19th 1865 is the day that the Emancipation Proclamation was read in Texas after the end of the American Civil War.

I first came across Fredrick Douglass when I was reading an alternative history by Harry Turtledove, How Few Remain, then looked up his life history, this is something I have always done, if I come a across an historical event or individual in book or film. This to me is another great advantage of reading allowing you to learn more than was taught in school.

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