REVIEW: Frederick Douglass: A Life from Beginning to End


Frederick Douglass: A Life from Beginning to End
By: Hourly History

I am a lover of history. Yet, I am not married to history. I do not know it well. However, Frederick Douglass has always been, to me, a fascinating figure from the past. The book is brief, but well written. It touches on the most important moments of Douglass’s life—his birth, his bondage, his escape to the North. It speaks of his most famous orations and his successes. It briefly delves into his personal life and the last moments of his time on earth.

Frederick Douglass: A Life from Beginning to End by Hourly History is a but a scratch on the surface of this man’s life story. And that’s exactly what it intends to be—an appetizer.

One reviewer wrote, “I will say this book has sparked an interest for me to read Frederick Douglass’ autobiography and it also taught me some things I did not know.” (PATOLA Oct 2, 2017 Amazon Reviewer)

Consider then A Life from Beginning to End to be a success.

If you are looking for an in-depth moment-by-moment accounting of the life of Frederick Douglass, you will not find it here. However, if you are looking for something light to digest with a small glass of wine, something to give your evening a little flavor, you have settled on the perfect “snack”.

My only complaint with this endeavor is: to a small degree the author followed advice given to ME in my junior year of High School by a thesis writing instructor: “tell them what you’re going to tell them. Tell them. Tell them what you told you them.”

The book is somewhat repetitive.

However, at the risk of repeating myself… Try it. You’ll like it. And you’ll learn something too.

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"I'd like to think of myself as a blended mix of Southern charm and humor. What I really am is a hot mess of sin and sass. Jesus loves me either way."

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