Frederick Douglass An Abolitionist Analysis

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In The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Frederick Douglass recounts his life as a slave and shows the reader the impact slavery had on all involved in the institution. Douglass describes how the slaves were mistreated by their masters. He drew many parallels between the treatment of animals and the treatment of slaves. He also describes how the act of owning a slave can corrupt the slaveholder as well. He was also an active abolitionist during the time. He believed that Union was in peril and that everyone that was an abolitionist was a patriot. Douglass demonstrates that slavery dehumanizes both the slaves and the slaveholders and thus is detrimental to the union as a whole, revealing that abolitionists are the …show more content…
In the Appendix, Douglass addresses his views on religion and slavery. He openly says, “I … hate the corrupt, slaveholding, women-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of this land” (Douglass 158) meaning that he believes that slavery is bad for the people that follow it. He is saying that the act of owning a slave can further hurt them. Douglass was a very outspoken advocate of abolitionism. He has said that he wanted to see the abolition of slavery. This can is through him escaping slavery and fighting Covey. He also said in the Narrative that he would prefer to run away then stay in bondage: “In coming to a fixed determination to run away, we did more than Patrick Henry, when he resolved upon liberty or death. With us it was a doubtful liberty at most, and almost certain death if we failed. For my part, I should prefer death to hopeless bondage” (Douglass 152). James Oakes said, talking about Douglass, “He even defended his criticism of the United States as an act of patriotism” (Oakes 15). This means that being an abolitionist of the time, means that that person is a patriot. If someone supports fighting slavery, they are the true ones that will help the country.This shows that there is an implication that Douglass and other slaves seeking freedom were even braver than the countries founding fathers. Proving that they are the true patriots. Douglass could see the collapse of the country coming and he knew that the abolitionist movement would