The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is an 1845 memoir by the former slave and abolitionist, Frederick Douglass. The work chronicles Douglass's life, beginning with his fractured family through his freedom. Douglass was bought and sold as a slave numerous times throughout his life, being beaten and humiliated by his owners. Douglass despised slavery and often resisted his mistreatment, helped other slaves to become literate and eventually escaped to the North. The memoir was widely read and became influential in the abolitionist movement.