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Frederick Douglass : An Influential Leader Of The Abolitionist Movement

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Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. He moved around many plantations. He was not raised by his parents and he received no education. From the start, Douglass’ life was destined for him to live and die a slave and have no meaningful impact on society. Despite these horrific conditions, Frederick Douglass became one of the most influential leaders of the abolitionist movement. This was largely because of his commitment to self education, his reliance on nonviolence and his use of the written and spoken word to gain widespread support from both the black and white communities to end slavery in America. Frederick Douglass was born into slavery and through self education gained his freedom and became a…show more content…
He soon learned four letters which were commonly embossed on incoming ships. After learning those letters, he would challenge local children to see who knew more letters. With this, he would write down the letters he knew and the children would write down the letters which they knew, and by this ingenious method of trickery, Douglass learned how to write. Also, when Master Auld was away, Douglass would copy what was written down in Auld’s copy-book. Douglass’ self education ultimately led him to his escape from slavery. His rags to riches story represented the notion of the American dream. He came from nothing, worked hard to completely self educate himself and gained freedom because of this. And as a result of this story, he became an empathetic individual and he ultimately gained widespread respect and following from the elite, wealthy, white slave abolitionists, who furthered his cause. Frederick Douglass’ self education caused him to become even more aware of the wretched conditions of slavery. Despite this awareness and anger, Douglass never let his inner anger translate into violence in the abolitionist movement. By being educated, Douglass was able to fully understand the horrors of slavery. Douglass’ knowledge caused him to: At times feel that learning to read had been a curse rather than a blessing. It had given [him] a view of [his] wretched condition, without the remedy. It opened [his] eyes to the horrible pit, but to no
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