Frederick Douglass Abolitionists

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Lincolns apparent lack racism he was never considered as radical or abolitionist. During debates Douglass had awkward moments with his abolitionist friends because of his attributed to different races. Douglass was at ease because the President felt comfortable being around him. President Lincoln offered Douglass a job he would go to the “intend to go South to help with the recruiting”. “I concur A. Lincoln .Aug. 10, 1863” was written on Douglass’s pass. The President and two cabinet members’ and a senator gave approval to Douglass to travel through Union lines representing the Unites States Military. Douglass was eager to start on his journey to the south so he took the next train out of Washington. He did not want to wear out his welcome. …show more content…

His newspaper was one of the known in the country as one of the best abolitionist organs. Douglass told his readers in his Valedictory newspaper” I shall never cease to regard these years of editorial toil on my part…” was included on his last August issues. He wanted his readers to know why he was not going to continue writing .Douglass stated that he was going to the South to start an organization for color troops with General Thomas. However, Douglass stared to worry days later. He was worried because Stanton did not respond to his request. Douglass felt Stanton was keeping him in the dark and not telling him the essential points because he only commanded him to go. He quotes King Lewis in Shakespeare’s Henry VI “I shall obey, however hoping that all will be well in the end” but he felt citizens are people who have duties but not rights. Received the letter and his duties was to aid General Thomas with the color race so that they can become available. He was not offered any commission or ranking. Douglass was told his will continue to be paid by George Stearns. George Stearns paid Douglass for his Northern black recruitment donations. Douglass felt he should have been paid directly through the War Department but was …show more content…

Army and not a private recruiter. Douglass refused because he knew too much of camp life and the value of shoulder straps in the army to go into the service without some visible mark of my ranking his ranking (Stauffer 23).Stanton had a change of heart and felt it was not time for a radical step. Stanton was not a man of his word and would make promises and revoke them without even apologizing afterwards. Douglass did not fault President Lincoln however, he felt he should have known about his commission and approved Stanton’s letter. December 1863 had a meeting with Lincoln but he did not criticize him about his commission. He did not call him out on his lies he was simple just helping the President with the prefix of his name so that it would be appropriate. The president would be known as “Honest Abraham” if the country is

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