How to Use This Edition

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

UNH Honors Program Common Read

Edited by Dr. Mary Isbell

This digital edition has been built for incoming UNH Honors Students. The text comes directly from the Project Gutenberg edition of Frederick Douglass’ Narrative.

Collaborate to Understand this Book!

We want all of you to provide your reactions and questions about this text by commenting with is an exciting tool that makes it possible for users to annotate anything on the Internet (it uses the same technology used by Genius). You can annotate this book publicly with, but if you join our private group, your annotations will only be visible to other incoming Honors students. A group of UNH professors will kickstart annotations, but we want this to be a chance for all of you to share what interests you and explore the questions this text raises for you. If you don’t join the group, you’ll just be reading the text alone–follow the steps below to join the group and see what your classmates are thinking!

Follow these steps
OR watch a video 
at this link

(all links open in a new tab so you can come back here for the instructions):

  1. If you don’t already have Chrome (an Internet browser), download it here.
  2. Using Chrome, go to this link to install the browser extension (click on “install” and select “add extension” when prompted).
  3. On the screen that opens after you install the extension, click to “create a free account.” You will need to provide a username, email address, and password. You will also need to activate your account through an email you’ll receive.
  4. Once you’ve created your account and signed in, click here to join our private annotation group (lots of help on joining a group at this link).
  5. Click here to start reading in a new tab (note that the book begins with a title page, then a preface, then a letter, then a biography of Frederick Douglass–it takes a number of clicks to get to the first chapter).
  6. When is enabled in your internet browser, every time you select text on a webpage (our online edition or anything else!), you’ll see an option to add a note or a highlight. Use the drop-down menu located in the top-right corner of your screen to save your annotations to our group, “Honors Common Read,” so we can all see them.

Confused? Click here to watch the video

Have an addition, correction, or something to add? Email it to Professor Isbell at

Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.



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