Great literature resonates with us not only because of well-developed characters and plots, but also because it often reflects important social themes; these books explore a work of literature through the lens of the major issue reflected in it.; Volume explores the autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass through the lens of slavery. Coverage includes an examination of Frederick Douglass’ life and influences; a look at the portrayal of slavery in the Narrative; including slavery and religion, slavery’s impact on the family, slavery and identity; and contemporary perspectives on slavery, such as agricultural slavery, labor exploitation, and sex slaves.; This series brings together the disciplines of sociology and literature in a unique format designed to support cross-curricular studies. Each volume explores a work of literature through the lens of the major social issue reflected in it, and features carefully-selected content representing a variety of perspectives. All volumes in the series contain biographical and critical information about the author; secondary excerpts offering both historical and contemporary views of the highlighted social issue; a timeline of the author's life; a "For Further Reading" section of other works on the issue; and a detailed subject index.