Crockett-Douglass Comparison Essay

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Sarah Jasper 4/6/12 History Crockett-Douglass The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and The Narrative of the Life of David Crockett are the autobiographies of the lives of two very important historical figures, Fredrick Douglass and David Crockett. Both men have contributed much to our nation and helped shape what America is today. Frederick Douglass was an American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his oratory and antislavery writing. He stood as a living counter-example to slaveholders' arguments that slaves did not have the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. He was so intelligent in fact that many Northerners found it hard to believe that such a great orator had been a slave. Douglass was a firm believer in the equality of all people, whether black, female, Native American, or recent immigrant. He also wrote several autobiographies describing his experiences including his 1845 autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave that we read for class, which became extremely influential in its support for abolition. After the Civil War, Douglass remained active in the United States’ struggle to reach its potential as a "land of the free". Douglass actively supported women's suffrage and became the first African American nominated for Vice President of the United States as the running mate of Victoria Woodhull on the Equal Rights Party ticket. Douglass also held multiple public offices. David "Davy" Crockett was a celebrated 19th century American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier and politician. He is commonly referred to as "King of the Wild Frontier". He represented Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives, served in the Texas Revolution, and died at the Battle of the Alamo.
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