Compare and Contrast Harriet Beecher Stowe and Frederick Douglass

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In the years leading up to the Civil war, many anti-slavery abolitionists spoke out on their feelings against slavery. New Christian views, and new ideas about human rights are what prompted this anti-slavery movement. Abolitionist literature began to appear around 1820. Abolitionist literature included newspapers, sermons, speeches and memoirs of slaves. Harriet Beecher Stowe and Frederick Douglass were two abolitionist writers. They were similar in some ways and different in others (“Abolition”). Harriet Beecher Stowe was born in Connecticut in 1811 as the daughter of Reverend Lyman Beecher who was active in the anti-slavery movement. She wrote articles for the newspaper as means to support her family. Harriet saw the
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He later wrote The North Star, his own anti-slavery newspaper. Despite all the mockery and threats, Frederick stayed true to the abolitionist cause (“Frederick Douglass”). The main difference between Harriet Beecher Stowe and Frederick Douglass was that Harriet was a white woman writing about slavery from a sympathizer’s point of view, and Frederick was an enslaved black man who wrote about his own experiences as a slave. The two shared some things in common despite this difference. Both were born and raised in the North. Both fought for the abolitionist cause. Harriet and Frederick were unwavering and courageous in their stand against slavery. Both writers were successful in their writing and traveled abroad to Europe (“Harriet Beecher Stowe”). Their writings gained the support of people around the world to abolish slavery. Their writings also gave rise to the Civil War, especially Harriet’s book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Both writers wrote anti-slavery articles at some point in their lives. Harriet and Frederick both were invited to meet President Lincoln. Frederick even became a consultant for Lincoln during the Civil War. Both people are considered influential heroes of the Anti-Slavery Movement (“Frederick Douglass”). In conclusion, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Frederick Douglass were both writers during the abolitionist movement. They both touched the lives of many and gained support from people all

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