Douglass got his passion to promote freedom for all slaves after he escaped from slavery and ultimately had an end goal to “abolish slavery in all its forms and aspects, and promote the moral and intellectual improvement of the coloured people and hasten the day of freedom to the three million of enslaved fellow countrymen”. He also wrote several autobiographies describing his experiences as a slave. One of the autobiographies in particular, ‘Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave’ published in 1845 was a best-selling and was extremely influential for promoting the cause of abolition. The narrative shows a compelling argument to basic human rights thus making it extremely influential as the narrative clearly possesses features and linguistic skills, which for most white people, negated their common perception of black people being illiterate in the 19th century.
Throughout history, there have been many black-rights activists that use their power of speaking to fight injustice and promote equality. One of those activists, who fought for equality with the power of his words, was Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass was an African American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. He had a vision of the roles of African Americans during and after the war to ensure they receive citizenship and freedom. Frederick Douglass faced many tribulations throughout his life and that only made his speeches for equality and justice that much more powerful because he was a victim of injustice. Douglass believed that if African Americans want to have citizenship and be seen as equals, they must prove that they deserve it. In order to prove that African Americans deserve citizenship, Douglass encouraged them to enlist and join the fight for equality. Although there were obstacles in seeing his vision implemented Douglass stood his ground and fought until his vision becomes reality.
In the book Narrative of The Life of Fredrick Douglass, and American Slave, we find that Fredrick went through a lot of manipulating and diminishable acts. Some are: being separated from his mother at birth, being whipped, witnessing aunt Hester being whipped as a kid, not getting enough to eat, a deprivement of clothes, and witnessing old Barney getting killed. Slave owners would do this to make slaves inferior and also have insurance that the slaves won’t run away. Despite these horrific conditions, Douglass through standing up to Mr. Covey, Learning to read and write, and earning his own money, eventually got the skill and courage to escape slavery.
After the Civil War granting African Americans their freedom, Frederick Douglass became a political activist against the institution of slavery. He combined his efforts with John Brown, an abolitionist, engaging in strong minded debates in figuring out whether the U.S Constitution was proslavery, antislavery, created for the well being of all men or only white men. Douglass gained the knowledge of political reform and how to go about movements, in his case, abolition movements, and later on assisting in women rights movements. He learned that being looked upon in politics, as an intelligent and well-respected individual without pursuing force would be the best way to gain his victory. His goal was to persuade the American public opinion against slavery, while praising democratic freedom and progression of American principles, reaching audiences of all sexes and races. He also pointed out
Fredrick Douglass (1818-1945), both a fugitive slave and a free man, was one of the most courageous and influential leaders of the abolitionist movement. His narrative, published in 1845, illustrates his childhood and early manhood experiences as a salve, as well as his escape to the North and find of freedom. Within his narrative entitled “The Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass,” Douglass argues that in order to achieve physical freedom, a slave must seek knowledge and an education.
Frederick Douglass was many things; a man, an orator, a writer, an avid abolitionist, a presidential advisor and a slave. Douglass lived the majority of his life as a free man after escaping his bondage at age 20. However, everything he did and accomplished over the course of his life was influenced and affected by his past as a slave. Just as slavery shaped Douglass’s existence, the politics of the 19th century would not escape the pressure of the debate over slavery. From the American Revolution to the Civil War, slavery embedded itself into the Southern economy and culture to the point where the argument over its expansion would necessitate complex political workarounds, and break up the national political parties of the last few decades down sectional lines.
The reform movement that I feel best represents Frederick Douglass’s statement would be the Abolition movement. His statement goes with this movement because he had lead the abolitionist movement and his main goal was to free all slaves. Douglass firmly believed in equality among all people. He had once been a slave, and he knew how horribly mistreated they were. Slaves had been degraded by a majority of white people. It would have seemed as if all odds were against them. They had been denied justice for years, they had been oppressed, and they had been treated terribly, and made to feel like they were lower than the white man. The fact that Douglass himself was or African-American descent, most likely made the movement more difficult to accomplish.
Intro: "A battle lost or won is easily described, understood and appreciated, but the moral growth of a great nation requires reflection, as well as observation, to appreciate it." Said Frederick Douglass on January thirteenth, 1864 during a speech for the Women's Loyal League. Frederick Douglass has been called the father of the civil rights movement from becoming a slave to one of the most powerful abolitionists that the world has ever seen. He shaped the American nation through determination and dedicating his life to achieving justice for all Americans, mainly African-Americans, women, and minority groups. Douglass served as an advisor to presidents.
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” - Frederick Douglass. In his lifetime, Frederick Douglass faced more struggles than most can imagine. He was born a slave in 1818 on a harsh plantation in Tuckahoe, Maryland. His mother was a slave and his father was believed to be an overseer on the plantation. He was prohibited from gaining an education, which only caused his desire to learn to grow stronger. His thirst for knowledge was only quenched through vigorous study and teaching against the strict orders of his owners. He taught others to read and write, all the while studying the works of the abolitionist movement, and in 1838, he escaped the plantation and became a free man, fleeing to New York. He soon met William Lloyd Garrison, a popular abolitionist, and supporter of the women’s rights
Douglass had hoped that his appointments would open doors for other African-Americans, but it was many years before they would follow in his footsteps. Frederick Douglass rose from slavery to become the leading African-American voice of the nineteenth century. All of his efforts from then on focused on achieving freedom. Even with all these achievements he was able to accomplish he somewhat wasn't able to achieve his true goal. Which was to have equality within all races in the United States.
On July 5th 1852, Frederick Douglass, one of history’s outstanding public speakers, carried out a very compelling speech at Corinthian Hall in Rochester, New York. Within that moment of time where the freedom of Americans was being praised and celebrated, he gathered the nation to clear up the tension among slavery and the establishment of the country’s goals. Frederick Douglass’s speech mentions the development of the young nation, the Revolution, and his own life experience. While speaking, his main subject was seen to be American slavery. The “Fourth of July Oration” was a commendable model of Frederick Douglass’s affection and engagement towards the freedom of individuals. Frederick Douglass’s speech left an impact on his audience
Fredrick Douglas played a role as one of the most influential leaders of the abolitionist movement. He was born into slavery around the year 1818 in Talbot County. He escaped from slavery in 1838, but before he did he became educated by his masters wife before he escaped. He escaped slavery by fleeing to New York on a boat. That following year he became a preacher for his own church.Fredrick Douglass had two owners in his whole life. His first owners name was Anthony who usually went by the name of Captain Anthony. A title he claimed by sailing a craft on the Chesapeake bay. he wasn't really a rich slave holder. (only owning about 2-3 farms and
Frederick Douglass is well known for playing a vital role in the abolition of slavery in America. He struggled most of his life trying to break free of the evil chains that were forced upon him by his masters and later to free others from suffering a fate similar to his. Being a brilliant orator and writer, he achieved success in promoting his anti-slavery and equality agendas through his eloquent speeches and through writings in his own abolitionist newspaper “The North Star.” In a significant amount of Douglass’s speeches and writings, he was very prophetic in words as well as in spirit. Throughout his entire life, starting from bondage to freedom, his faith in God was a constant influence on his morals, works and ideas.
Author: Fredrick Douglass is a well know African American abolitionist. He was born in Talbot County Maryland in 1818. At the age of 12, he learned to read and write this happened while he was enslaved. When Douglass turned 16, he ran away from his slave owner and headed for New York. Douglass ends up settling in Massachusetts this where he starts to gain his fame for pushing the anti-slavery movement. Douglass played a big role in the Civil War he used his status to help recruit other African Americans. His role in the civil war also help him to gain political status in the US. Douglass was the first African American to ever be named on a presidential ballot this happened in 1872. Fredrick Douglass is one of the most influential abolitionist in American history.
Fredrick Douglass began life in a difficult position. Born into slavery, he did not have the good fortune of having a parent to attend to him. He witnessed unspeakable cruelty daily, which undoubtedly caused him a great deal of emotional distress. Yet, he never gave up on himself. Throughout his life, he continually sought to better himself through any means available to him. Against all odds, Douglass made tremendous strides in his efforts to better himself, and he eventually succeeded in achieving his ultimate goal of escaping from the horrors of slavery.