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Bryan Calderon 4/9/2012 Wrt 310 Response Paper Frederick Douglass vs. Martin Luther King Jr Frederick Douglass was one of the foremost leaders of the abolitionist movement which he fought to the end of slavery within the United States in the decades prior the Civil War. He was a brilliant speaker that was able to hold the full attention of his audiences with his charisma and past horrible experiences as a slave. He won world fame when his autobiography “The Narrative of The Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave” -F. Douglass 1845. Frederick Douglass suffered first-hand how brutal and vicious slave owners treated their property. The slave dealers and owners would dehumanize the slaves to the point that they had no say so in their lives or any freedom what so ever. They were told where to live, who they can live with, eat, work, sleep and who they can marry. If they disobeyed any orders they were beat, whipped and even killed. With these hardships as a slave Frederick Douglass hated everything about being a salve and had hatred for his oppressors. He rebelled against his slave masters through learning to read and write. Frederick knew that education was the most powerful weapon in a slave’s arsenal. With his education and past experiences as a slave he was able to ally himself with powerful abolitionist and political figures. Through these alliances he was able to get former slaves and free blacks to fight the confederate south in the US Civil War. Frederick Douglass was aggressive leader in fighting for the rights and freedom of black slave through education, peaceful resistance and actual war against the confederate south. Martin Luther King Jr leadership differed from Frederick Douglass because he was only encouraging peaceful resistance to his follow blacks against the raciest whites. Martin Luther King Jr was raised as a Southern Baptist heavily
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