This work is a keystone of both African American literature and history. A compelling story written over a century ago. Douglass's first book, published seven years after his escape from slavery, details the anguish of slavery and his struggle to overcome. The preface by William Lloyd Garrison, an abolitionist, that in subsequent editions defends the authentication of Douglass's work. It was theorized by slavery proponents that an self-taught, ex-slave would be incapable of such a work. The title page is displayed below; the volume also includes a frontispiece.