The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

939 WordsOct 6, 20154 Pages
Revolutionary Freedom In 1845, an African-American man named Frederick Douglass released a thought-provoking autobiography that would become a turning point in revolutionary change. The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass was the first autobiography Douglass had written focusing on the real life struggles he has faced during his time spent in bondage. During his time, it was not common for an African-American to have the skills to read and write, and it was especially uncommon to publish a novel revealing the truth of slavery, while it was still legal at that time. Provoking revolutionary thought amongst his readers, this narrative will change the world in ways of equality, speaking for the oppressed, and inducing the philosophical thought of what it means to truly be free. Douglass believes in equality for all, which is not a typical concept for his time. In the 1800’s, slavery was legal in the majority of the United States, where whites held all the power whether it be politically, socially, or economically. Believing that all men were created equal, Douglass was at a flummox when coming to the realization that he had been born into slavery, seeing that his freedom has to be worked for, it will not be handed to him as it was to the white men in his time. Proving to us the difference in the political standing of slaves and white men, the orator states "A representative could not be prouder of his election to a seat in the American Congress than a slave on one of
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