Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

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The 19th century in the United States was a time period defined by racism and slavery. Frederick Douglass captures this in his autobiographical-narrative, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, recounting his life as a slave, and his pursuit of freedom. Written during the Antebellum era, this narrative was one of the most influential works of literature in the advancement of the abolition movement in the 19th century and is largely considered the most famous slave narrative. Within his story, Douglass focus his primary claim on the concept that slavery was not only degrading to the slaves but also leads to a depreciation of the morals in slaveholders themselves by believing that they are fundamentally better than another person. Furthermore, he points out the hypocritical nature of slavery being in a country based on freedom and supported by Christianity, a religion based on teachings of loving your neighbor and other similar ideals. Douglass uses his personal experiences in his narrative on his journey to becoming a literate, free man to criticize the institution of slavery and give insight into slave/master relationship. Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was born into slavery in Talbot County Maryland to his mother Harriet Bailey. Little else is known about his birth except for that he was of mixed white and black ancestry. While he believes his father was his first master, Captain Aaron Anthony, and he has a rough idea of his birthday, he
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