Frederick Douglass, the most successful runaway slave that ever was. Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was born directly into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland to his mother, Harriet Bailey and his father, who is said to be Anthony Aaron . His birth year is thought to be around 1818 however the exact date is unknown. He later chose to celebrate his birthday on February 14th. He began his early stages of life living with his maternal grandmother, Betty Bailey, but a relatively young age, he was forced to live on a plantation with plantation owners, one of which was thought to be his father.
With the encouragement of Garrison, Douglass wrote and published his first autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, in 1845. Following the publication of his autobiography, Douglass left for Ireland to avoid recapture. He remained in Ireland and Britain for two years, giving speeches on the evils of slavery. He soon returned to the United States as a free man in 1847, by the British supporters, whom purchased his legal freedom. In addition to abolition, Douglass became an outspoken supporter of women’s rights.
In the year of 1757 the Clarks decided to sell their land to move to a small plantation that was left behind to them by an uncle that goes by the name of John Clark (Indiana Historical Bureau). He was born on November 19, 1752. During the Revolutionary War he was named the “Conqueror of the Old Northwest” after he had captured territory that increased America’s frontier. After the Treaty of Paris was signed in September 1783 ending the Revolutionary War he became broke and very deep in debt due to paying a lot of money to support his troops
Douglass encountered multiple harsh realities of being enslaved. For example, the ex-slave was practically starved to death by his masters on multiple occasions. In fact, “[He was] allowed less than a half of a bushel of corn-meal per week, and very little else...It was not enough for [him] to subsist upon...A great many times [he had] been nearly perishing with hunger” (pg 31). Douglass managed to overcome the maltreatment of his wretched slave owners through the eventual attainment of freedom. The injustice imposed upon the African-American slaves by their owners was the crux of Douglass’s motivation to escape this inhumane life.
I chose this book because during this time slavery was still around but the practice of bringing slaves from Africa to America didn’t exist anymore, so the only way to get slaves was from children of current slaves. Or in this case kidnapping free African Americans. In the book, “12 Years a Slave” takes place in the pre-Civil War United States era in upstate New York, where a man named Solomon Northup was born free and his family resided. The story takes place in the early 1840’s where Northup had a normal life, was married, and worked as both a laborer and a violinist. His love for instruments seemed to land him in slavery, since he was offered work in the circus playing fiddle
He looked around the boat and saw black people chained together with sad looks on their faces. That’s when he realized his chances of seeing his home country again were very slim. The smell under the decks were so terrible that he became so sick he was unable to eat; he wished death would relieve him. When it was time to eat and he refused, he got laid down, his feet tied and beaten badly. He found some of his countrymen and asked what was going on and they told him they are being carried to the white people’s country to work for them.
The Hardships of Frederick Douglass The few scars on Frederick Douglass’ back told a story. A story that is cruel, inhumane, and unfaithful to mankind. Douglass had been through many difficult points during his life. In particularly, he had an early separation with his mother, he was sent away from his remaining family to work for Hugh Auld, he was taught illegally how to read and write, and he was sent to a new owner who was considered a “slave breaker”. Also, he had tried to escape with other slaves but failed.
Slaves were introduced to unknown diseases and suffered from malnutrition long before they reached their destination. Many of the Africans preferred death over slavery. As Olaudah Equiano mentions, some men that were traveling with him jumped to the ocean to reach death, but did not succeed. The death of the Africans meant economic loss for the traders, so maintaining them alive before selling them, was a rough
This part of his life, however, is dampened by sorrow and abandonment. For instance, his oldest brother, Hugh, who he fought alongside with, died of a heatstroke. In 1781, smallpox made an appearance into the scattered battles and massacres. Because of this disease, Jackson’s other brother, Robert, and his mother died. This made Andrew Jackson an orphan at the tender age of 15; it also hardened him as an individual.
Douglass didn’t grow up in the best environment either, never fully knew who his dad was, getting separated from his mom – Harriet Bailey – being whipped and beaten, watching many other slaves die or get beaten, and that’s just the start. Douglass’ life when he was younger was a living hell. He wrote in “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass”, “It was a most terrible spectacle. I wish I could commit to paper the feelings with which I beheld it.” He cannot even explain in words how bad his life as a slave really was. These things would never stop his dream of being free, though.
Solomon Northup was kidnapped from his hometown in New York. He woke up in a slave pen where he was in Washington D.C. He found out he was no longer a free man. Questioning everything Northup asked, “could it be possible that I was thousands of miles from home—that I had been chained and beaten without mercy—that I was even herded with a drove of slaves, a slave myself? He had to accept that he was a slave.
Crispus Attucks By:Avry Anderson Did you know that Crispus Attucks was a free slave. Crispus Attucks was born in 1723 in Framingham MA. In this paper you will learn about crispus Attucks childhood education how they impacted the revolutionary war and other interesting facts. Like he was a sea merchant for 10 years. Crispus Attucks had a very early interesting live.when he was little he was born on the plantation then he was sent to america .He was bought for ten pounds of weed.When he was ten he ran away from master William .