Slavery within the Eyes of Frederick Douglass Essay

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What would it be like if we were a part of the slave years? To get an inside look of slavery we look through the eyes of a former slave Frederick Douglass. Through his experience of being grown into slavery in the south made him re-evaluate his life knowing he was worth more than being treated as someone else’s property. Not only was Douglass a part of the plantation system, city life, and brutal whipping but he was put into history as a great role model defining the true meaning of life. All people today should show respect to African Americans due to their struggle in reaching freedom and coming across difficulty. Thomas Jefferson added an anti-slavery statement within the declaration of independence but was deleted by the southern …show more content…
William Lloyd Garrison, John Russwurm, Samuel Cornish, and Frederick Douglass all wrote in a newspaper including their own publications, explaining their view on slavery and wanting to put an end to it. The Underground Railroad was organized by abolitionists; it consisted of a system of safe houses and guides leading the slaves towards new life in the north (Skiba pg. 319). Douglass was born in a slave cabin in Maryland in February 1818. He was primarily raised by his grandmother so the day she took him to the plantation of his master Douglass felt a sense of betrayal because she never told him she was going to leave him. He spent time with different masters within the plantation and the city. At around seven or eight years old he was chosen to live with Hugh Auld in Baltimore, when he moved over to Baltimore Sophia Auld began teaching Douglass the alphabet. Although giving a slave knowledge was unlawful Sophia Auld continued to educate him until her husband told her not to. At the age of eighteen he had an aborted escape and was sent back to Baltimore to live with the Aulds. As Douglass continued to gain knowledge he prepared a plan that led to his escape in 1838, it consisted of impersonating a sailor. When moving to New Bedford, Massachusetts with his new wife they began to raise a family. After his involvement in the anti-slavery convention he became a lecturer for the Anti-Slavery Society in