Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass Essay

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African American Literature Midterm Exam

1. Define who Frederick Douglass was and provide a summary of his book, narrative of the life of Fredrick Douglass: an American slave 1845. Frederick Douglass was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. Frederick Douglass was the most important black American leader of the nineteenth century. He was born in February of the 1818 and died February 20, 1895. Douglass was a firm believer in the equality of all peoples, whether black, female, Native American, or recent immigrant. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave published in 1845, less than seven years after Douglass escaped from slavery. Douglass immortalized his years as a slave in the book.

2. Explain the following for each bullet:

Purpose of slave narratives- Slave narratives started back in the 1830 until 1860, were written with a purpose. They portrayed the suffering of millions of people all over the world at the time. It was to make people put themselves on the spot of the slaves, and so people would realize how bad life was for slaves, so hopefully people would be sympathetic or empathetic and would be against slavery! In his narrative The Life of Frederick Douglass the former slave describes the pitiful rations of food received by the enslaved.

3. Explain the following regarding the Harlem Renaissance (1919-1940)
Definition- Harlem Renaissance, a cultural, social, and artistic explosion that took place
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