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Bearing Witness Against Slavery: The Fight For Freedom

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The Fight for Freedom
Free-dom (free-dem) n. 1. The state or quality of being free; a) exemption or liberation from the control of some other person or arbitrary power; liberty; independence b) being able to act, move, use etc. without hindrance or restraint, confinement or repression. Freedom. A word that many people take for granted, but don’t realize how lucky we truly are. Freedom is a gift that is endowed upon us, whereas not everyone else in this world is presented with that same gift. Along with the idea of fighting for rights and freedom, many individuals have worked hard toward achieving the goal of ending slavery once and for all. America was affected both negatively and positively by the words and actions of many people. Through
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As Angelina Grimke writes in “Bearing Witness Against Slavery,” she had strong persistent thoughts which went towards her negative thoughts of slavery in the South. Although she was a white Southerner, she was determined to find freedom for enslaved people around her. Angelina proudly said, “As a southerner, I feel that it is my duty to stand up here to night and bear testimony against slavery”( The American Reader 189). As a southerner, Angelina felt the need to stand up for slavery, and let people know what she saw was going on in the South (having lived there). Despite the fact that Angelina and her sister were white southerners, they were also abolitionist’s and stood up for what they had believed in. In defiance of the racial issues and inequalities, the sisters obtained their strong beliefs and became abolitionists in the south. Both sisters, put on a courageous act and stood up for African Americans rights and freedoms. The sisters worked hard for the enslaved people/those of different races to not feel and be treated inferior to white people. Their campaign not only described the ways in which they were going to help free the enslaved, but that they would hope to further end racial discrimination in the United States. This made them some of the first people to realize the inequalities especially with women as well.…show more content…
As Douglass writes in his narrative titled, Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, he portrays a sense of relief and delayed happiness. Near the beginning of the book, Frederick writes about how he had a close relationship with one of his first masters, which was rare. Frederick calmly states, “My connection with Master Daniel was some advantage to me. He became quite attached to me and was sort of a protector of me. He would not allow the older boys to impose upon me, and would divide his cakes with me” (Douglass 16). Frederick and Master Daniel had a close relationship, allowing Frederick to be secretly watched over and protected by his master. With Frederick and his masters close relationship, Frederick experienced a sense of ¨freedom.¨ This quote actually proved that Frederick had a small different type of “freedom” at this specific plantation. Frederick was lucky enough to have a master at this plantation who secretly watched over him and took care of him. His freedom was obviously minimized, but he had the chance to experience a different type of ¨freedom¨ for his first years at the plantation. Although Frederick was not truly ¨free,¨ he had more freedom than other slaves had experienced at that plantation and around
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