The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

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Frederick Douglass was born to Harriot Bailey on February, 1818 in a slave cabin on Aaron Anthony 's plantation. The identity of his father is unknown due to him being separated from his mother at an early age, however, it is rumored that Anthony could have been the possible father; it was common for slave-owners to have affairs with their slaves. Douglass grew up away from his mother and was raised by his grandparents before becoming a slave at the age of six. Although he faced many hardships growing up in slavery, his success is well-known to this day. “He became a trusted advisor to Abraham Lincoln, United States Marshal for the District of Columbia, Recorder of Deeds for Washington, D.C., and Minister-General to the Republic of Haiti” (“A Short Biography of Frederick Douglass”). Frederick Douglass became an important figure to whom the growing abolitionist movements were accredited through the use of his skills in spoken and written language to persuade audiences. Douglass grew up…show more content…
The autobiography became widely read due to it being realistic in terms that Douglass was once a slave and was now free. He wrote about his overall experience as a slave whom was taken away from his mother at an early age, only to be taken to work at a plantation. His written experiences essentially created awareness among the people who had read his autobiography. “In his preface, William Lloyd Garrison pledges that Douglass’s Narrative is ‘essentially true in all its statements; that nothing has been set down in malice, nothing exaggerated’” (Horn). Due to his growing fame, Douglass took upon the opportunity to keep pushing abolitionist movements forward. His impact on America was greatly felt as antislavery groups grew in

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