Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass, Born A Slave

Decent Essays
Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass, Born a slave, was a man who changed the way we think. He was a man who supported Women's rights in the 19th century, which was a new concept in the Americas. He believed that Women’s lives were similar to African American rights in terms of equality. He lived a life worth remembering because he changed generations during and after his time. He gave people a reason to listen, which many African Americans at the time were unable to do. Douglass got their attention because of his story of how he was a slave and how he got to where he was. He explains this in”An American Slave”(authors and artists for young adults, 1)in 1845. An autobiography that he wrote to prove his origins as a slave.
Frederick was
…show more content…
He was one of the first men to take it seriously and to put in the work to help the cause. That cause was Women’s rights. Douglass was a feminist and helped build it up to what it is to be one up until what one is today. While he fought for Women’s rights too because he believed they were going through the same experiences and inequality. “Recognizing the fight of Women as similar to that of African Americans in that they lacked most of the same economic and political rights”(Feminist Writers, 2). Frederick helped build up what we know as feminism because he spoke at the first National Woman's rights convention in 1850. “The National Woman's Rights Convention was an annual series of meetings that increased the visibility of the early women's rights movement in the United States.”(“National Women's Rights Convention.” Wikipedia, 1). According to frederick, this was a "grand movement for attaining the civil, social, political, and religious rights of women."(“Declaration of Sentiments.” Wikipedia,1). He saw the rights of women and African Americans as unequal. He fought for women just as much as he did for African Americans. He is widely known as a great feminist in History. During the National Woman’s rights convention in 1850, “Signs and banners proclaimed slogan-”Equality before the law without distinction of sex or color””(Feminist writers, 2)which Douglass strongly agreed …show more content…
He was a Man for the history books and a Man for women and men of all races, but he was also an“Orator, abolitionist, newspaper and magazine editor, writer, and political reformer.”(Authors and artists for young adults, 1). He was a Man for Women and Men of all races because he not only supported African American rights, but woman’s rights too. “The rights of African Americans and women are almost equivalent.”(Feminist writers, 2). The people you are sitting next to, would not all be there if it was not for Frederick Douglass. He opened up ideas that would allow people to fight for African Americans and Women. He is the original thought on how everyone is equal in that he saw that black people and people of color were fighting the same fight as women and women of color. Men who believed for one cause, often didn’t believe in the other. They would see white women as equal, but not men or women of color. Some would believe that men of color were equal to white men but women were unequal. There was almost always, if not always, some form of prejudice in everyone at this time, but Frederick Douglass was the first one to speak out on equality for everyone race and

Related Documents

  • Decent Essays

    She fought for the rights of both white and African American women, because she believed in equality. At the time, men would treat white women as if they were a fragile object that was unable to carry out a certain job, or at least that’s how they say a lady was. In the speech, Truth…

    • 723 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Think, are women really treated equally with all of the same rights as men? After long, fought years for rights, women are still seen as being in the minority compared to men. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a women’s rights activist, one of the key leaders of the movement. She was just as impactful as the other women, struggling to get females the rights that they legitimately deserve. Despite being a woman with no rights, her powerful speeches and actions changed the lives of women in America forever.…

    • 1064 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Both men definitely wanted to strive for equality; even though they both had different things in mind, in the end, they wanted black people to have better lives. They were also both against lynching. Not to mention, they both also were strong black leaders that made a huge impact during their time period which led to the civil rights movement. Even to this day, black people are faced with racism and they look back to what Washington and Dubious philosophies were to try to overcome racism. Nevertheless, Washington’s views differed in how he wanted black people to do and act.…

    • 1099 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Northern Stereotypes

    • 780 Words
    • 4 Pages

    The efforts of blacks and equality not only affected the change in Northern perceptions of blacks and equality, but also impacted whites and view on their self-image. Before the war, the “society was forgetting the nobler qualities of self-sacrifice, attention to duty” (214). Due to the concept of emancipation, the whites were able to reevaluate themselves and the nation that they lived in. In conclusion, emancipation and the idea of equality was very hard to achieve during the Civil War. However, there were people who were willing to fight for equality and help transform slaves into productive citizens.…

    • 780 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    During the 18th century men would consider women as dumb and unequal to men, which why it is harder for people to recognize the little things that African American women were trying to do to gain freedom, and equal right as a white person does. After years of discrimination, African American finally makes a stand and said no to discrimination. African American wanted to prove to the society that they were as equal as a white person and that they were able to do what white person could do. I think it is a great thing that many women start to make a stand against discrimination against…

    • 1304 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Upon reading the chapter Women as a Minority Group I was surprised to learn that women as an oppressed group were being compared to the racial inequalities of Blacks. Of course I’ve always known the importance of the Nineteenth Amendment and how hard women fought for the right to vote but I never would have attributed those barriers to that of the African American suffrage. However I did not know that amongst scholars, scientists and doctors in the in Nineteenth and even into twentieth century, women were considered inferior to men, and were thought to be more closely identified to a savage or child(1). I also wasn’t aware of the excessive restrictions on women, that are remotely similar to the ristristincs of african slaves in the seventeenth…

    • 1399 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Even though Michael and Anne claimed to have loved African Americans they treated their workers as modern slaves. Hughes connects with his audience by explaining how the black community is viewed by the opposite race. Hughes’ viewpoint is what connects his work to the audience on the issue of black people not being accepted by who they are. Minorities across America would be able to connect if they were to ever come in contact with Americans like Michael and Anne who love blacks as “novelties” but not…

    • 1479 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Every woman has the same rights that men do, therefore, it would be better to acknowledge and give them the same respect. Other women from different ethnic groups would also benefit from hearing black women’s stories. First Black Lives Matter is a women-headed movement. Therefore, the stories that we need to hear more of are women’s. At first Alicia, Opal, and Patrice first created their movement as a “call to action against the…

    • 887 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    As far as the comparison between white women and black women, she notices their differences in what they’re fighting for. Yes, she agreed women and men should be treated equal and that was apparent in her fights to gain higher education, but white woman had some respect and an inherent social advantage over Black people due to their whiteness. I like that she demands respect and chivalry from men because it shows that women are appreciated. I think by her explaining how important women are to the Black race,it motivates men to appreciate them more and be more chivalrous. I think the parenting role of women is often overlooked so it was important that she emphasized women support their men all while teaching morality to their children amongst other things like the importance of education, structure, and…

    • 1215 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Women’s Rights Matter Women’s right is an ever pressing issue on the United States. It’s a constant push to gain equality for women. Feminists are the leading activists fighting for equal treatment. Although years ago it was the Black Panthers who promoted equal rights for women. The Black Panther Party was thought to be a group that promoted violence to get what they wanted, but their gender philosophies on women were ahead of their times.…

    • 769 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays