Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself
A New Critical Edition by Angela Y. Davis




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Angela Davis on the Prison Abolishment Movement, Frederick Douglass, the 40th Anniversary of Her Arrest and President Obama's First Two Years

"Angela Davis, speaking from prison forty years ago. In 1972, she was acquitted of all charges in a trial that drew international attention.

Instead of shying away from public life, Davis resumed her academic work and social activism. Today she is professor emerita of history of consciousness and feminist studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a visiting distinguished professor at Syracuse University. She is founder of the group Critical Resistance, a grassroots effort to end the prison-industrial complex.

Her books include Women, Race and Class, Abolition Democracy, Blues Legacies and Black Feminism, Are Prisons Obsolete? This year she came out with a new critical edition of Frederick Douglass's classic work Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself. She will be appearing with the author Toni Morrison at the New York Public Library on October 27th for an event called 'Frederick Douglass: Literacy, Libraries, and Liberation.'"

-Amy Goodman, democracynow.org Oct 19, 2010

Angela Davis and Toni Morrison: Literacy, Libraries and Liberation

Angela Davis and Toni Morrison discuss Frederick Douglass: Literacy, Libraries and Liberation.

-New York Public Library Oct 27, 2010

Davis and Douglass in Tandem

"Davis is among the preeminent Black philosophers and scholars of our time, and her ability to further illuminate Douglass's profound and historic work speaks to not only her mastery of Black intellectualism but of her continued contribution to politics in the age of Obama. At a time when the freedoms once granted by the Fourteenth Amendment are now being applied to corporate entities, cannabilizing the legacy of freed slaves in the United States, this book—Davis's call for a more engaged electorate—is wonderfully timely and deeply engaging."

-Brittany Shoot, ColorLines Feb 12, 2010

Angela Y. Davis & Frederick Douglass: Political Literacy

"Throughout her more than forty years as an activist, author and educator, Angela Davis has worked ceaselessly to further understand and clear the pathways from slavery to freedom. She has written about Douglass both as a way of better understanding the impact and limitations of his work and as a way of analyzing how institutional racism enforced by legal slavery continued after the passage of Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments."

-Greg Ruggiero, ZNet Oct 28, 2009

Angela Davis on Black History Month

"The UIC Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha hosted a special guest at UIC in honor of Black History Month - Angela Davis. Ms. Davis is a former member of the Black Panther party, professor, and activist. She is most known for her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, but her concerns and activist pursuits extend beyond the African American community.

Black History Month, Ms. Davis told the packed Montgomery Ward Lounge: 'Allows us to reflect not only on the quest for black freedom, but on the nature of freedom, and that affects everyone.'"

-Fae Rabin, Chicago Flame Feb 22, 2010

New Edition of Frederick Douglass' 'Narrative' Adds Lost Angela Davis Lectures

"San Francisco-based City Light Publishers has released a new edition of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, the great abolitionist's autobiography, that includes two rediscovered 1960s lectures by legendary feminist scholar and political activist Angela Davis that focused on Douglass' themes of self-empowerment and freedom through literacy and self-knowledge."

-Calvin Reid, Publishers Weekly Feb 4, 2010

Archival footage of the controversy surrounding Angela Davis' time at UCLA

Watch archival footage of the controversy surrounding Angela Davis' time at UCLA. Despite being fired by the UC Board of Regents for her affiliation with the Communist party, Davis delivered her "Lectures on Liberation"—contained in this book—to a crowd of over 1,500 students and faculty.


Hasta la Victoria! The Long Arms of Angela Davis

"I first heard about Angela Davis in 1969.

Fresh out of college, I had been active in the student movement (SDS), the Underground Press (The Rag), and in el movimiento Chicano. The civil-rights movement had shifted from nonviolence to more radical and militant protest to combat the establishment's ploy to criminalize and demonize this new activism.

It was therefore no surprise to read in the New York Times an editorial about how regents of the University of California at the bidding of Governor Ronald Reagan planned to dismiss Angela Yvonne Davis, an assistant professor of philosophy 'with a background of black militancy and membership in the Communist Party.'"

-Gregg Barrios, San Antonio Current Jan 20, 2010

Hundreds graduate from VSU

"The link between education and freedom was the thread in the commencement address by prominent civil rights activist Professor Angela Y. Davis at the 2009 Annual Winter Commencement Convocation at Virginia State University yesterday.

'Freedom is the most meaningful to those who have not always been able to enjoy it,' Davis told the 300 new graduates. 'Education is the most important ingredient of freedom.'"

-Markus Schmidt, Progress-Index.com Dec 13, 2009

Angela Davis Gives Keynote Address to the National Women's Studies Association

In her Keynote Address at the National Women's Studies Association's Annual Conference, Angela Davis talks about the fundamental importance of developing a gender analysis of Douglass's text.

Nov 12, 2009

Media, Race and Power: The Case of Oscar Grant

"Angela Davis, the veteran activist and '60s icon of black power politics, delivers Media, Race, and Power at McGill's Beaverbrook Lecture, addressing the complex relationship between race, power and the media in the U.S."

-Angela Davis, McGill University Nov 3, 2009

Former Black Panther Encourages Activism

"Throughout her four decades in the public eye, a myriad of words have been used to describe the ever-polemical Angela Davis: revolutionary, hero, communist, terrorist (Richard Nixon's repeated articulation), radical, renegade, martyr, inspirer, visionary. But yesterday, in front of a sold-out crowd in the Africana Studies and Research Center, the former Black Panther and the third woman ever on the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted List used humor to connect with her audience.

'[My 15 months of] solitary confinement was not so bad,' Davis said. 'After all, I had already been a graduate student.'"

-Jeff Stein, The Cornell Daily Sun Oct 29, 2009

Angela Y. Davis & Frederick Douglass: Political Literacy

Read the Editor's Note from this new critical edition.

-Greg Ruggiero, ZNet Oct 28, 2009

Five Ws and an H – 70s activist Angela Davis coming to town

"Angela Davis was one of the most polarizing and famous figures of her generation – a beautiful, black revolutionary with wild hair and impeccable academic credentials who embraced Communism, espoused change and became one of the first – and still few – women named to the FBI's Most Wanted List...

In 1972, Davis was acquitted on charges of murder, kidnapping and conspiracy to take hostages during an abortive attempt to free three prisoners at a California courthouse. Davis had been accused of obtaining weapons for the kidnappers but was not present during the hostage-taking in which a judge was killed.  Her defenders said it was really her political beliefs that were on trial."

-Peggy Curran, The Gazette Sep 20, 2009

Angela Davis: Professor, Democratic Socialist, Prison Abolishionist

"Angela Davis, the daughter of an automobile mechanic and a school teacher, was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on 26th January, 1944. The area where the family lived became known as Dynamite Hill because of the large number of African American homes bombed by the Ku Klux Klan. Her mother was a civil rights campaigner and had been active in the NAACP before the organization was outlawed in Birmingham.

Davis attended segregated schools in Birmingham before moving to New York with her mother who had decided to study for a M.A. at New York University. Davis attended a progressive school in Greenwich Village where several of the teachers had been blacklisted during the McCarthy Era.  There, Davis became acquainted with socialism and Communism and was recruited by the Communist youth group, Advance. . . 

Books published by Davis include If They Come in the Morning:Voices of Resistance (1971), Angela Davis: An Autobiography (1974), Women, Race, & Class (1981) and Women, Culture & Politics (1989). See carousel above for more books and MP3s of speeches."

-Leshell Hatley, Scholarly Celebrations Aug 6, 2009

Inside USA: Angela Davis

"Put on the FBI's 'Most Wanted' list when she was just 26, Angela Davis became an enduring symbol of 1970's Black Power. She joins Inside USA to discuss incarceration in the land of the free, capitalism in a time of economic crisis and what it means to be the face of Black Power in a supposedly post-racial US."

-Al Jazeera English Oct 3, 2008

'We Used to Think There was a Black Community'

"Angela Davis was intrigued to see recently that a significant number of young black women to whom she was delivering a talk were wearing images of her from the 70s on their T-shirts. She asked what the image meant to them. 'They said it made them feel powerful and connected to other movements,' she says. 'It was really quite moving. It really had nothing to do with me. They were using this image as an expression of who they would like to be and what they would like to do. I've given up trying to challenge commodification in that respect. It's an unending battle and you never win any victories.'"

-Gary Younge, The Guardian Nov 8, 2007

Angela Davis Reflects on the Notion of Black History Month

Davis talks about Carter G. Woodson, who founded "Negro History Week," which was later expanded to a month. She also talks about her own education in a segregated school in Birmingham, AL. During Negro History Week, the students were allowed to put down their history books, which taught that people were better off in slavery than they would have been in Africa. She says that during that week, the theme of the lessons was always that of resistance to the status quo of racism. During those lessons, they celebrated famous black figures and their "firsts," bearing in mind that these accomplishments were connected to a greater sense of community and would pave the way for others. Now, she says, we are expected to see these famous black figures as disconnected from community--as exceptional, individual heroic figures deserving memorialization.

-Kepplers Speakers

The Case of Angela Davis
A LA Times Op Ed (1969) on Angela Davis' Communist Party membership and its relationship to her possible firing from UCLA.
-Op-Ed, Los Angeles Times Sep 25, 1969