1. Fredrick Douglass witnessed harsh and violent actions throughout his slave life, as slave owners utilized Christianity as a justification for these actions and for the system of slavery. Douglass experienced this religious abuse throughout his life as a slave. However, in 1832, when he began working for Captain Auld, he witnessed the misuse of religion in the setting of a violent action. After Auld whipped a young woman, he justified his actions by quoting the Bible: “He that knoweth his master’s will, and doeth it not, shall be beaten with many strips” (33).
Douglass states: “The more I read, the more I was led to abhor and detest my enslavers. I could regard them in no other light than a band of successful robbers, who had left their homes, and gone to Africa, and stolen us from our homes, and in a strange land reduced us to slavery” (Douglass 51). Reading and writing opened Frederick Douglass’s eyes to the cause of the abolitionist. He became knowledgeable about a topic that white slave owners tried to keep hidden from their slaves. Literacy would eventually impact his life in more ways than what he could see while he was a young slave under Master Hugh’s
John Brown was born on May 9, 1800, in Torrington, Connecticut, to Ruth Mills and Owen Brown. His parents were very big on the bible and hatred for slavery, which they taught their son. By the age of 50, John brown consecrated his life to abolishing slavery. Brown was convinced God had selected him to lead slaves into freedom, and if that required violence, then that was God’s will, too. John really took those believes to heart.
Former abolitionist leader, writer and orator, Frederick Douglass was born into slavery around 1818 in Talbot County, Maryland. Frederick learned to how to read at a young age and was a very smart boy growing up. It was obvious to him that being a slave was not his purpose in life. Douglass escaped from slavery when he was 20 years old and became an anti-slavery activist. As a reformer Douglass did many things to get the rights he believed African Americans needed.
Nat Turner’s rebellion turned out to be the bloodiest slave revolt in Southern history, one that was to have a profound and irrevocable impact on the destinies of Southern whites and blacks alike. Nat Turner was an intelligent man, that had the opportunity to study white children’s schoolbooks, and got to experiment in making gunpowder. Nat was also a very religious man, and often served as a preacher to black churches in the area. Many of the people referred to him as being a “prophet.” People saw him as a prophet because he claimed that he was able to speak to the Holy Spirit. The revolt led by Nat Turner was not a spur of the moment thing.
The north and south had different perspectives on slavery. The north clearly opposed slavery while the south supported it. Slavery was important to the southerners because they relied on the slaves for all of the manual labor. Slaves were bought and sold for many years based on their accuracy of work and often punished (whipped) when doing something that opposed the master's instructions. Slaves had to complete many different jobs which relied on a variation
Slavery in America was considered to be one of the most devastating acts in history. African American people were torn from their homelands and sold at auction to the highest bidder. Men, women, and children were forced into slavery or born into it, experiencing harsh conditions such as abuse, neglect, and even death. This experience though did not always happen, some slaves were treated fairly and were never punished by their owner’s. Events such like this were recalled by two former slaves by the names of Aunt Harriet Smith and Charlie Smith.
Another well known abolitionist and worker of the Underground Railroad is Levi Coffin. He was born in North Carolina. In his youth, he always believed that slavery was wrong. During his childhood, he lived near a place where slaves were chained together. Therefore, he saw many slaves and the way they were treated.
The argument about freedom have been going on for years for different reasons and will never end as long as we have two different ideas of freedom. The two voices that I chose are Angelina Grimke and Fredrick Douglas. Before we begin let me give you a little background on these voices of freedom. Angelina Grimke was born in 1805 in South Carolina to a well off family her father John Grimke fathered both white and African American children, which made his daughters very aware of the injustices of slavery. She later wrote a series of letters on the subject in the abolitionist Liberator and was for women 's rights through her life.
Slavery in America began when the first African Slaves were brought in 1619 to practice the production of such lucrative crops as tobacco. The book 12 Years a Slave, was a book about one significance slave name Solomon Northup. Through his life, Solomon took very high risk to let people know where he stands through this tough time at the end, it paid off. The risk he took could’ve been life threating which was, he had a brawl with Mr. Tibuat and when they tried to hang him, he stood on his tip toes the whole time. Northup never gave up to get his word across that he is a free man.
Shortly after her death, Fredrick was sold to Hugh Auld, where he began working on his plantation. While working on the plantation, Douglass was taught how to read by his slave master’s wife. However, the lessons stopped per the request of his slave master, yet, that did not stop him from continuing to learn how to read. At the age of sixteen, he was sold to a “slave breaker,” named Edward Covey, who was a very harsh slave master. After spending less than a year under Covey’s control, he tried to escape with a group of slaves, but was later caught by authorities and was
There are many injustices in slavery and motivations that had made people want to join the abolitionist cause back then, but there is also some sensible age limit to children who will learn about Frederick Douglass. The injustices of slavery were very large at the time, because there were so many. Slaves were separated from their families at very early ages,
Around the year of 1818 in Talbot County, Maryland, Fredric Douglass was born into a life of slavery. Douglass was always determined to gain knowledge, this determination for an education allowed him to break from his chains and gain freedom. He spent most of his life facing obstacles because of the color of his skin. He taught himself how to read and write with old books in his “owners” house. By doing this it showed how driven he was, being able to break the boundaries placed on African Americans in the 1800’s.
He could read and write, which was instrumental in his life. The time he fought back against his owner. Frederick Douglass was born into slavery. He was separated from his mother in first few months of living. He saw a women being whipped as her daughters cried and watched.