Frederick Douglass was an African American slave who dreamt all his life of being a freeman. Not only was he a slave, but he was very involved in his religious life of Christianity. Regardless of his hardships he went through, Douglass always had hope and believed that one day God would set him free. This kind of optimism was thought highly of amongst the other slaves who had little to no hope of freedom whatsoever. These slaves lived in a society in which land was only free to the whites, and the oppression of these slaves was taking its toll on them. Throughout his journey to freedom, Frederick Douglass kept journals of his life and eventually put together The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Written by Himself in 1845. Being born into slavery in 1818, Frederick Douglass had no chance of being a freeman from the start. He was born to Harriet Bailey and white male, Aaron Anthony, who is assumed to be his mother’s owner. In 1826 when he was moved to live on another property after the death of his mother and father, Douglass began to learn how to read. He was taught by Sophia who was his new owner. Unfortunately, her husband forbade her because learning “would forever unfit him to be a slave” (Baym 1171). Nevertheless, Frederick Douglass continued his reading and writing on his own, which, in the long run, was a huge benefit for him. During his later career, Frederick Douglass explored his options. He subscribed to William Lloyd Garrison’s Liberator who was an abolitionist. He heard Douglass give his first speech on antislavery and shortly hired him. Giving antislavery speeches around the nation was liberating and dangerous for Douglass; however. There were mobs and attacks broken out during his speeches that ended up injuring him. Later, he wrote The Narrative Of the Life of Frederick Douglass and sold thirty thousand copies in its first five years. This was greatly beneficial to Douglass as an international spokesperson for freedom and equality. This book was praised for its descriptiveness and how it was obvious that Douglass had written it in his own words. Douglass “shaped the facts of his life to underscore the particular truths that he wished to convey at the moment of composition” (Baym 1172). He used realistic stories and he made his books so detail oriented, and was praised on the imagery and personification. He was a very strong family-man and praised his mother and grandmother’s influence they had on his culture and his life. Frederick Douglass was separated from his mother soon after birth and he assumes this is so, “to hinder the development of the child’s affection toward it’s mother, and to blunt and destroy the natural affection of the m other for the child” (Douglass 18). He believes that his father is his mother’s white master, because it was common for masters to impregnate their female slaves. Douglass explains that he believes that mixed slaves have it worse than full African American slaves, because “they are, in the first place, a constant offence to their mistress” (Douglass 19). The main point of why Douglass wrote this book was to inform people of the dehumanization of slavery. Throughout The Narrative, we can read about stories from people he knew or saw, therefore we don’t really hear about Frederick in the beginning of the book. In chapters three and four, we read about Colonel Lloyd’s plantation to set the scenery for the reader, and to also ensure the accreditation of the book. His main point is to express how unjust it is for whites to get away with what they’re doing. He wants to convince white Northerners that the events he witnessed- like a white man killing a black man- are unjust. In The Narrative, Douglass portrays himself as both the narrator and the protagonist of the story. The two personas are changing throughout the story, and he eventually progresses from uneducated slave, to an articulate commentator. In the text, he frequently dramatizes the
Frederick Douglass was a slave in the 1800s, but Douglass was not a typical slave. Douglass fought for his freedom more then the other slaves, he wanted more than anything to be free and equal to everyone else. He also had a better outlook on life then all the other slaves, he tried to be more positive even when he was involved with slavery. Douglass worked hard and knew what he had to do to get out of slavery and help the rest of his fellow slaves get out of slavery as well…
interesting to note that both Smalls and Douglass had white masters for fathers and were perhaps given a little more freedom and more advantage. However, they did not squander the opportunity and helped advance the cause of freedom.
In his autobiography, “My Bondage and My Freedom”, Douglass very eloquently spoke of the hardships he had endured and how he was taught to read by his slave mother.
Many of the intellectual white Black Suffrage groups lauded after Douglass to help advance their cause and…
Frederick Douglass was an African American man, who became known as one of the most influential characters in his day. Douglass was born in the year of 1818. He was a slave who learned how to read and write. Frederick Douglass wrote several autobiographies detailing his life as a slave.
Frederick was born in Talbot County in the year 1818. However, due to being born in slavery his official birth date is unknown. As a slave he learned how to read and write…
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass was one of the most prominent figures of the abolitionist movement,
a movement that fought to end slavery. A brilliant speaker, Douglass engaged in a tour of
lectures, and became recognized as one of America’s first great black speakers. Douglass also
wrote a personal narrative in 1845 titled Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Taylor 34).
Through his book , Frederick Douglass aimed to educate the uninformed Northern…
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave is an autobiography written by Frederick Douglass. The book explains the many twists and turns that occurred in Douglass’s life. The book begins with a timeline of major events from Douglass’s life. In chapter one, Frederick Douglass tells about the very early events in his life. He was born in 1818 in Tuckahoe, Maryland. He then says that he has no accurate account for his age because he has never seen the authentic records that possess…
By Isabelle Smith
Frederick Douglas, a former slave, who overcame his past to become one of the worlds most influential black figures. An abolitionist, during the late 18th century, Douglas' personal history became not only his motivation but also his own nemesis in his crusade to abolish slavery.
Frederick Douglas was born on February 1818, at Holmes Hill farm, Maryland. Born into slavery, Douglas was fathered by a white man, presumably the "master" of the plantation…
CPL Jade Keffer
January 23, 2015
Frederick Douglass risked everything for others, broke the rules with the chance of serious consequences, and best of all he persevered.
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Frederick Douglass was a man who made a lot of difference in the world. He showed people that we don't have to comply with society if it isn't right;…
often left out. In Frederick Douglas's memoir, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Douglass delves deeply into what it means to be a slaveholder, and the various personalities he encountered along his painstaking journey as a slave. It is easy to observe the common character traits of his slaveholders, and Douglass is able to completely reveal the true process of transforming man into slave. This transformation was just as psychological as it was physical, and Douglass proves that the only…
After finishing this book, I felt that Douglass was more than just a really strong person. His endurance and tenacity allowed him to learn English, become educated and help those who needed help. He is truly an inspiration to us all. He learned at an early age that learning to read was something he needed to learn. When his master forced him to stop learning, Douglass knew education was something important so he learned to read and write from the other white children in his Baltimore neighborhood…
In his book, “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass”(1845), Frederick Douglass details his life, opinions, and escape from slavery through masterful writing and powerful language. In this passage, Douglass uses a variety of complex rhetorical strategies to convince the reader that slavery is cruel, illogical, and unchristian, as well as persuade them to speak out against the enslavement of his people.
Douglass begins this passage with strong diction, emphasizing what slavery is and how…