The Institute was a Quaker institution that had earned a reputation for high academic standards since its founding in 1837. (It should be noted that in 1850 Central College also had the Blacks George B. Vashon and William G. Allen on its faculty. This ended when Allen was tarred and feathered for his attention to wed Mary King, a white woman. Allen later became the first Black Headmaster in England. In 1852 Reason left Central College and became the principal of the Institute for Colored Youth in Philadelphia now Cheney State University, and where Edward Boucher taught 25 years later).
He soon began to seek more and more education and to use his abilities to help teach other slaves to read from bible studies. His life story is recorded in his autobiography “Narrative of the Life of an American Slave” (1845) Wikipedia report on his escape to slavery reads… “On September 3, 1838, Douglass successfully escaped by boarding a train to Havre de Grace, Maryland. He was dressed in a sailor’s uniform and carried identification papers provided by a free black seaman.
Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave The story begins by telling the reader that Frederick Douglass does not know the date of his birth in Tuckahoe, Maryland, but most likely around 1818. His mother died when he was 7 years old. This does not affect Douglass very much because he was separated from his mother when he was very young. His father was believed to be a white man, and most people thought that Douglass was the son of his owner Captain Anthony. Douglass is moved to Baltimore, Maryland.
When Frederick Douglass addressed the audience with his speech, it was very emotional and straight from his heart. As we all know, he was a freed slave and mainly considered his “slavery” as not being able to read and write, until his white master’s wife taught him to do so. With Douglass becoming a freed man and moved up North to pursue the life he dreamed to live, all he wanted was for the rest of the African American slave population to be free as well. Douglass believed that everybody had the right to succeed in society; he never understood how our country was founded on freedom but not everybody was free. Throughout Frederick’s speech, he repeatedly would ask the crowd uncomfortable questions and somewhat “guilt-trap” the people, example being “This Fourth of July is yours, not mine.
Biography: Frederick Augutus Washington Bailey or better known as Frederick Douglass was born in February of 1818 in his grandmothers cabin in Tablot County,Maryland. His mother name was Harriet Bailey, a slave owned by Aaron Anthony, he did not know the identity of his father, who was assumed to be a white man and likely a member of the family who owned his mother. At a young age Douglass was separated from his mother. Douglass basically grow up in slavery, he was bounced to and from families starting a very young age.Douglass continued to suffer under slavery. At times during the 1830s, he was sent back to the plantation to endure its scourges, including beatings and whippings.
This was a major turning point in Abe’s life due to the fact that it opened up his eyes to the world around him and put that goal for change into his mind. Abe showed his emotions towards slavery when he said, "If I ever get a chance to hit that thing, I'll hit it hard. "(Grolier: Encyclopedia Americana) This line proves... Abraham Lincoln was born in rural Kentucky in 1809, to parents of low social standing and little education. During his childhood and early youth, the family would move several times, first to Indiana and later to Illinois. Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks, died when Lincoln was still a boy, and the next year his father, Thomas remarried to Sarah Bush Johnston, who helped raise the young
A lot of these leaders were born into slavery and escaped, passing on powerful messages to the people to come together and fight for their rights. I found Fredrick Douglas to be a good example of one who was born into slavery. He had a slave mom and a white dad that resulted in him being sent to another plantation to be a servant because of his color. In 1838, Douglas escaped and became part of an Anti-Slavery Society in 1841. He gave a powerful speech on the fourth of July addressing his fellow African Americans called ‘What, to the Slave, is the Fourth of July.’ He portrays how all of America celebrates Independence Day with their political freedom.
Ida Bell Wells-Barnett is known as being a female crusader not only for women’s suffrage but also for African Americans, her legacy surrounds us and you can see the impact she made everywhere. Wells was born into slavery. Her father was a carpenter and both her parents James Wells and Elizabeth wells were enslaved until the Emancipation Proclamation a year after Ida was born. Wells’ father James was a “Race man” who worked for equality. He even went to college but dropped out to help his family.
“Frederick Douglass was the most important African American leader and intellectual of the nineteenth century. He lived twenty years as a slave and nearly nine years as a fugitive slave” (Blight, 1). He planned on escaping from the plantation and starting a new life dedicated to the fight for equality. His early attempts failed, but finally in 1838, he managed to board a train that was headed to Maryland and out of the south, from there Douglass travelled to New York to the house of David Ruggles, who was also an anti-slavery activist. His autobiography focuses on his life as a salve and how these hardships shaped the man he became later on in his life.
She was one of the most important slaves ever known. Her exact birth date is a mystery since she was born into slavery and most slave owners did not take the time to record them. During the eighteenth century Harriet’s ancestors were being brought from Africa in shackles to serve as slaves. (“Women in History” 4/18/10) Her own slave years began at a very young age, as most do.