An African-American Freedom, And Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

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What is freedom? This question is easy enough to answer today. To many, the idea of freedom we have now is a value of life free from the control of a person or a government. In America today, the thought of living a life in which one was “owned” by another person, seems unintelligible. Until 1865 however, freedom was an idea that many African Americans only dreamed of. Throughout early American Literature freedom and the yearning to be free has been written and spoken about by many. Insight into how an African-American slave views freedom and what sparks their need to receive it can be found in any of the “Slave Narratives” of early American literature, from Olaudah Equiano’s The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustav Vassa, the African published in 1789, to Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself which was published in 1845. Phillis Wheatley’s poetry and letters and Martin R. Delany’s speech Political Destiny of the Colored Race in the American Continent also contain examples of the African-American slaves’ concepts of freedom; all the similarities and differences among them. From the beginning of slave trade to the ending of the civil war, all what black Americans have been doing was fighting for their freedom. Most slaves tried so many ways of obtaining their freedom, they commonly tried using underground ways to escape from those that they were working for, they sometimes bought
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