Frederick Douglas and Benjamin Franklin: Two Great Men

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Frederick Douglass vs. Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin had an easier route to success than Frederick Douglass in my opinion. Franklin was provided with a school and came from a nice family while Douglass on the other hand had to deal with slavery and other issues. The goals or the things that Benjamin Franklin did were for the whole world or the economy but the majority of the things that Douglass did deal with black people, slavery, and black rights. Those two came from totally different environments with different roadblocks but they both found a way to be successful in their own way. Frederick Douglass has an autobiography called “Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass” basically telling his life story. He starts off…show more content…
He is his father’s fifteenth child and he is the youngest son. His father had him put into grammar school when he was only eight years old because he liked to read. He said “my father intending to devote me as the Tithe of his sons to the services of the church” (Franklin 252). This is part of a tradition where they give their tenth part of his income to the church and that happen to be Benjamin Franklin. Franklin moved around a lot either because of a new job to help the family or there was a conflict with someone else in the family. Although he went to school and grammar school, he was still feeding himself knowledge by reading as much as he could. He says “from a child I was fond of reading and all the little money that came into my hands was ever laid out in books” (Franklin 254). When he was twelve he had to go work for his brother until he was twenty one, during that time he decided that he was going to become a vegetarian. He had degrees from two different universities, they were Yale and Harvard. Then he started writing to get put in his brother’s newspapers he was printing but he would not let people know who the author was. His writings kept getting approved but one got his brother thrown into jail for not revealing the author of a political piece. After that he bounced around to different printing businesses working and trying to get his own business so he could print whatever he liked, he then died before he could finish his

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