How Did Frederick Douglass Contribute To The Abolitionist Movement?

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Frederick Douglass began his journey in the abolitionist movement when he was asked to tell his story in front of the Massachusetts Antislavery Society (MAS). Due to his great speaking abilities he was hired as an agent for MAS. He eventually wrote an autobiography known as "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass" in 1845. Frederick Douglass described his experiences with slavery which contributed to the abolitionist movement. Douglass began his career as a speaker, traveling around the US and trying to gain subscribers to the Liberator. He traveled for four years as he spoke out in many placed about his story and experience in slavery. Many people did not believe he was a fugitive slave because he was an eloquent speaker and writer. He then later wrote his autobiography "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass" in 1845. After the publication of his autobiography, Douglass had to flee the country for his safety since he was still a runaway fugitive slave. As he toured many countries like England and Ireland he began to gain supporters. He met two people, Ellen Richardson and Henry Richardson, who helped Douglass raise funds to buy his freedom. He was now a free man and safe from the fugitive slave laws of 1793 and 1850. …show more content…

He published it in Rochester, New York, in order to avoid competition with the Liberator. He wanted to influence many people with his opinions through his paper. He was vocal about many thing such as: the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, the annexation of Texas with the purpose of increasing the number of slaveholders, the Dred Scott Case and the repeal of the Missouri

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