Frederick Douglass Essay

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Frederick Douglass
CPL Jade Keffer
"Bravo" Company
January 23, 2015

Frederick Douglass risked everything for others, broke the rules with the chance of serious consequences, and best of all he persevered.
2.Birth facts
3.Growing up
5.More growing up
6.Big picture

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; we have the right, to do what is right. This man changed the world in a way that not people take the initiative to. He risked everything for others, broke the rules although there was chance of serious consequences, and best of all he persevered. Frederick Douglass was born into slavery to Harriet Bailey and an unknown white father. His birth name was Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, but he later changed his last name to "Douglass" from Scott's hero in the Lady of the Lake. He was born in Tuckahoe, Talbot County, Maryland, supposedly in February of the year 1817(subsequent research shows he may have been born a year later). Frederick, his mother, and his grandparents were the property of a Captain Aaron Anthony. Anthony hired out some of his slaves, and Douglass' mother and her four sisters were among the slaves Anthony hired out to work off the plantation. The first seven years of his life were spent with his grandmother, and then was forced by his master to move to the main residence. In 1825, Anthony sent him to Baltimore as a personal companion for Tommy Auld, a family friend of his. Douglass spent seven hears with the Aulds, and later as a laborer in the Baltimore shipyards. Anthony died, so Douglass was transferred out of the country to the ownership of Anthony's son-in-law. But early in 1834, his new master hired him out to Edward Covey. This led to the mostbrutal part of Douglass' life in slavery. In 1836, Douglass and five other slaves planned an escape but were caught. He was jailed, but the Aulds reprieved him and brought him back to Baltimore. On September the 3rd, 1838, he borrowed the legal papers and a suit of clothes of a free black soldier and got on a train headed for New York. There he was joined by Anna Murray, a free black woman with whom he had fallen in love in Baltimore. They were married on September the 15th that year, and quickly moved farther north to New Bedford, Massachusetts. Here he worked odd jobs, usually as a laborer. Anna was hard at work taking care of the five children she bore him: Rosetta, Lewis, Charles, Frederick Jr., and Annie. After a while, Douglass discovered an abolitionist newspaper that led him to his involvement in the aboltion movement. He was a powerful and effective orator from the beginning. People listened