Compare And Contrast Frederick Douglass And Booker T Washington

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Changing lives

Man is free at the moment he wishes to be a quote by Voltaire. Two classic books “Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass” and “Up from Slavery” by Booker T Washington. These two gripping tales of sorrow and hardship give us a small look into the times of US slavery and the civil rights movement. These two men go through their lives asking the tough questions of freedom and equality for all. While you read the authors show you the trials that plagued them in their everyday lives and truly help you to understand their burdens. The two main people in these stories are, Fredrick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. Both were black, but Fredrick Douglass was a slave who ran away to freedom. On the other hand Booker T. Washington was a black who was freed by the emancipation proclamation. Some may look at both of these men and think that they had nothing in common but they both shared these abilities. Both were free men at the time of the 13 amendment,
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Washington was freed by the 13th amendment when he was just a boy still. However, he still had a heart to free his people fully from their hypothetical chains. Booker T. Washington decided to work for a school then eventually start his own for less fortunate students. Like himself when he tried to receive an education. “Knowledge is freedom, and ignorance is slavery” a quote from Miles Davis. Booker understood this which is the main reason he decided to dedicate himself to being a teacher. While both were free men that freedom came about by very different means.

Both Fredrick Douglass and Booker T. Washington fought for their freedom encouraging many others to stand up for themselves as well. Because Fredrick Douglass opposed his master by running away. He showed that he was brave enough to face any consequences, and second that anyone could find away out of their bondage. The other slaves may see him and be emboldened to stand up to their masters, or run away like he