This Document Discusses The Narrative Of One Of The Most

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This document discusses the narrative of one of the most recognizable civil rights advocates, and the most famous African American abolitionist during the antebellum period of America 's history, Fredrick Douglass. The excerpt is taken from one of the versions of Douglass’s autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, published in 1845-era Boston, Massachusetts. The original version of this excerpt could be found in his autobiography from pages 39 – 43. This excerpt discusses the life of the famous abolitionist from the time he was a boy, to the time he had become a full-grown adult who was influenced by various life experiences and knowledge. This document is likely intended for various individuals, from…show more content…
The work of “The Columbian Orator” was described by Douglass himself as likely a work of literature wrapped with the features of a pro-abolitionist leaning. The document preached the end goal of many antebellum-era abolitionists at the time of Douglass 's eventual rise; wanting to have a moral compromise of American slaveholders actually believing that their slaves were intelligent human beings (like the slave in the story), and not “inferior, idiotic beings” who 's only fit for being the property of those who were “superior.” Douglass was also influenced by the remarks of British politician, Richard B. Sheridan. As he read the documents, he noted the “bold denunciation of slavery, and a powerful vindication of human rights” (VoF, 208) by Sheridan. The written-to-documents speeches opened up a progressive fiber of ideas that were not a part of him when he was not able to read. These speeches allowed him “to utter my thoughts, and to meet the arguments brought forward to sustain slavery;...” (VoF, 208) It also awoken in him, along with “The Columbian Orator,” anger towards the injustices brought by the
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