Frederick Douglass : A Learning Nation

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Frederick Douglass: A Learning Nation By definition the word abolition means,” The act of abolishing... the state of being abolished... the legal prohibition and ending of slavery, especially of slavery of blacks in the U.S.(Definition).” When Frederick Douglass wrote his personal narrative it had a profound effect on the abolitionist cause. People were astounded at how it opened their eyes to the horror of what slavery genuinely was. The book allowed people to recognize how slaves felt, and reminded them that they were intellectual beings who had thoughts and feelings. Many repeating themes throughout the novel changed the lives and beliefs of many northerners, especially regarding education, equality, and freedom for slaves and…show more content…
Due to her disagreement she moved to Philadelphia to live with her sister(The Abolitionists). As a woman who was willing to speak her own mind, she was very revolutional. Not only did people listen to her though, they followed her, eventually she even formed her own women’s rally, and was married to her husband by a black priest. Northern support for abolition was one of the only opportunities that the slaves had for hope of emancipation. William Lloyd Garrison supported the abolitionist cause for thirty years before the Civil War broke out, when freedom was more of a possibility than a thought. Garrison, an avid supporter of abolition, embraced a mixed race view of American culture, and demanded immediate abolition of slavery(The Abolitionists). These views helped him gain many enemies that were more powerful than him. He was thrown in jail, after which he started his own newspaper that supported abolition. By 1830, he was back in Boston and rallying supporters. On January 1, 1831 Garrison published his first paper, within the first eight months his name became associated with a band of black slave rebels who killed a series of white families (The Abolitionists). Garrison met Douglass at a convention and Garrison encouraged him to tell his personal account of his experiences with slavery. Douglass’ account had a more profound effect on
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