Harriet Tubman And Frederick Douglass Essay

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Comparing Harriet Tubman and Fredrick Douglass Harriet Tubman and Fredrick Douglass are renowned African America civil rights figures who escaped from slavery. The civil rights activists spent a significant time of their life fighting against slavery and advocating for social justice thus holding prominent ranks in the American history. There are similarities and differences in the lives of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. First, they were both born at the same time and into slavery. Harriet Tubman was born around 1820 in Maryland (Larson 35). Similarly, Fredrick Douglass was also born in Maryland around 1920 which was about the same period Tubman was born (McFeely 42). They were both exposed to slavery at a very tender age, for instance, Harriet Tubman started working as a house servant at the age of six, while Douglas started working as a slave at the age of nine. During the time they worked as slaves, Fredrick and Tubman experienced the cruelties of slavery as well as witnessing the brutality that was upon the slaves. During this ear, many African Americans were slaves and they lived under harsh conditions and harsh rules from their owners. Some of them were beaten to death while others injured but still forced to work. In addition, they spent most of their time working for their owners and they spent most of their nights in the cold and hungry. Tubman and Douglass were exposed to the brutalities of slavery at a very tender age, and this is the reason behind their

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