Frederick Douglass Biography

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In my term paper I will be telling you why Frederick Douglass wrote his autobiography, “Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass” and showing you a glimpse in to what life was like for him while on his way to becoming a free black man. The best he could determine Frederick Bailey was about twenty-seven or twenty-eight when he wrote his autobiography, he did not get the name Frederick Douglass until he escaped from slavery. He did not know how old he was because slave holders did not tell them their birthday. They were looked upon as farm equipment. They even showed up on the inventory list as farm equipment. Slaves never really got to know their mothers either. His mother was pulled from him to a farm about 12 miles down the road when…show more content…
David Ruggles who ran a boarding house for fugitive slaves devising ways and means for their successful escape. Also while their Fredrick got married to Anna Murray on September 15, 1838 by James W. C. Pennington. Mr. Ruggles decided Fredrick’s talents as a caulker would best be used at New Bedford. Once they arrived there he worked for some time and decided to subscribe to the “Liberator” which was an anti-slavery news paper founded by William Lloyd Garrison (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4p1561.html) He found his self overwhelmed with joy at the readings of this newspaper and it was not long in to reading the paper that he “Got a pretty correct idea of the principles, measures and spirit of the anti-slavery reform” He soon after started attending anti-slavery meetings and very seldom spoke at them until William C. Coffin, after hearing him speak in the colored people’s meeting in New Bedford, urged him to speak his mind and he did. He does not say much in his book about his speeches. He just says that he has been engaged in pleading the cause of my brethren ever since then and he would leave it up to the readers to determine how successful they really were. (Douglas page…show more content…
The abolition movement was based on the idea of gradual emancipation of all slaves, and ultimately freedom for all men. Frederick Douglass used his own experiences as a slave, in Maryland, to prove the degree of inhumanity and immorality that surrounded chattel slavery, in the United States. Frederick Douglass also cited the hypocritical elements of slavery and used these as evidence to further prove the cruelty that encompassed slavery. Through his autobiography, Frederick Douglass was able to become one of most influential figures in the antebellum period because his autobiography was able to compassionately, yet accurately tell the story of slavery in the United States. Frederick Douglass used his autobiography to push for the idea of life without slavery in the United States. A country where there would be no one in enslaved and all shared in the idea of
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