Fredrick Douglas was a leading American Abolitionist and anti-slavery activist; born a slave, Douglas freed himself when he was twenty years old. Being an activist from the early 1840’s until about 1890 when the Jim Crow Laws were coming to affect (Jim Crow being laws that forced racial segregation). He made waves and changed the lives of millions. In this paper I will discuss what era he lived in, just a few of the thousands of speeches he gave, journal entries he’s written, how he impacted the slave free world we know today and following with some criticism he got when doing such a brave act of giving many people hope. To start, Fredrick was born in February of 1818, dying around February of 1895.
Frederick Douglass An influencial writer and a prominet African-American figure during the Abolitionist Movement Escaped slavery in Maryland and soon became a public speaker He published his own anti-slavery newpaper called the North Star, which illustrated the atrocities of slavery in the South.
In the 1830’s an American slave Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery. Douglass soon after embarked on a mission to end slavery. The best way to end slavery were to “shine a light” on slavery and to tell a story to people that did not know. Northerners who read “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” were either against slavery or supportive of slavery. Douglass argues that slavery corrupted slave owners, and slavery was terrible for slaves.
On the eve of the Civil War, the abolitionist movement and the opposition to slavery were very strong and powerful. While many people knew that slavery was a disgusting and degrading institution, there was not much first-hand information available about the inhumane effects that slavery had on both black and white people. In his narrative, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Frederick Douglass demonstrates the dehumanizing effects slavery had, not only on African slaves, but also on the white population. In order to kindle the abolitionist movement and the opposition to slavery, Douglass includes his own personal accounts of life as a slave in America and utilizing elevates diction and vivid imagery
. The point of the appendix in Douglass’s narrative is to clarify his stance on religion. He felt that some individuals may have gotten the wrong impression the he might be anti-religious, due to some of remarks he made in his narrative. However, Douglass makes the distinction between the Christianity of Christ and Christianity of the Land. Douglass being a true Christian practices Christianity of Christ, which he explains is good, pure, and holy (289).
One of the people who changed the world was Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass was born into slavery when he was young. Unlike other slaves Frederick Douglass know how to read. 1838 Frederick escaped slavery and stayed in Massachusetts with his wife then Douglass became an abolitionist.
Frederick Douglass was the most influential African American, he changed the views of slavery and also managed to publish a book called Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. He was born into slavery in February 1818, and his real date of birth is unknown He helped with women’s suffrage. Frederick Douglass is revolutionary because he was able to escape slavery, learn how to read and stand up to his slave owners.
In his letter, Frederick Douglass take hold on the effect of concrete imagery, syntax, and formal diction to not only demonstrate his experience of learning how to read and write as a slave; but also to inform the audiences the importance of learning and the malevolent face of slavery. Frederick Douglass’s concrete imagery, such as “thus after a long years, I finally succeed in learning how to write.” (page 128), and “they gave tongue to interesting thought of my own soul, which I frequently lashed through my mind and died away for want of utterance.” (page 127); underscore how important learning is to Frederick Douglass. “they gave tongue to interesting thought of my own soul, which I frequently lashed through my mind and died away for want
To answer the second research question, i will highlight the influence of Frederick Douglass on his fellow black American citizens and how his attitudes contirbuted in the consturction of a new United States of America based on equality between people. The most significant heritage of Frederick Douglass was the utliziation of his words with the purpose to struggle for the rights and the liberty of the black Americans. He used his writing skills and elocution during his life in order to convey his wish to liberate the African American slaves which led afterwards to the Emancipation Proclamation established by Abraham Lincoln. Moreover, as a Civil Rights leader, Douglass defended for the equality of rights and the opportunities of
“The Narrative of Frederick Douglass” displays many historical context of racism. African-Americans were discriminated and dehumanized as animals. This persuaded other Americans of considering racism as a natural law that was encouraged to partake in. Racism in the United States was invented partly to justify that African-Americans were enslaved partly because of their physical differences from whites. Douglass became grew tiresome with racism.
The nineteenth century was an interesting time; everything was going on at once, yet the focus is America. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, the westward expansion was in the mindset of the American people, moving to the west for land and for the prosperity. The American people, some were rich, brought their slaves. Slavery started in 1619 when the first Africans arrived in Virginia and continued for two centuries until the thirteen amendment . There are many people who lost their lives to slavery and some risked their lives to end slavery.