Frederick Douglass and Benjamin Franklin

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Frederick Douglass and Benjamin Franklin American success history recognizes the contributions made by two of its renowned leaders. The two are regarded as heroes despite the obvious differences between them abound. The two figures are regarded with comparable amounts of reverence even though they lived their lives in different ways. Nevertheless, both Benjamin Franklin and Fredrick Douglas gained their status through treading pathway of hard work. This paper, therefore, seeks to discuss the experiences that shaped the lives of both Franklin and Douglas. It also seeks to analyze the life of Fredrick Douglas as presented by John Stauffer. In comparing the two personalities, I will lay much emphasis on the role education played in making…show more content…
He was in early 1817 on one of the plantations of Maryland. The identity of Douglas’s father and exact date of birth is not well known, but it is assumed to be a white man from a family who owned his mother. Harriet Bailey originally named his son Fredrick Bailey but, unfortunately, he parted with his mother while still young and was raised by other slaves in the plantation (Douglas 67). Fredrick Douglas went to the North and was married to Anna Murray, a black woman who married him in New York City. They then fled to New Bedford where Douglas found work as a laborer. In around 1841, Douglas had an opportunity of attending the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery society which was held in Nantucket. It was during this time that he got on stage and delivered a speech which moved the crowd. He delivered his life as a slave with passion such that he was encouraged to dedicate himself in speaking against slavery (Douglas 45). This marked the beginning of his activism in northern states. For instance, in 1843, he was nearly killed while giving out a speech in Indiana. During the 1850s, Douglas was in the fore front in abolishing slavery, which was threatening, to tear the country apart. In the beginning, Douglas felt that John Brown’s anti- slavery ideas and plans were suicidal and he refused to engage in a raid on Harper Ferry. Brown’s activities saw him captured and hanged, an act which
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