Frederick Douglass Abolitionist Movement

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During the early 1800’s most of the southern states had slaves while the northern states were mostly against it.The problem that the abolitionist movement was trying to address as that many people in America were slave owners and the movement was trying to make people get rid of owning slaves and the abolitionist’s tried to make America a slave free continent. The main reason for this is because they realized the problems with slavery and the amount the slaves were suffering during the time of when people had slaves. Some of the abolitionists of the time spoke about what their life was like, being a slave and some of the other abolitionists helped in the movement by bringing courage to the slaves that were being mistreated by their owners, …show more content…
One known man during the time was Frederick Douglass. He was born in 1818 and he died in 1895. Frederick Douglass lived in Massachusetts. He was a slave when he was eighteen and he had experienced a lot of pain and suffering while being a slave. He had made plans to escape from being a slave, but his plans were discovered and he was put in jail. On September 3, 1838 he escaped and went to New York City and he later settled in New Bedford, Massachusetts. As his life continued he became an abolitionist and he gave many speeches about his life as a slave and he became a spokesperson and him speaking led to the road of the abolition of …show more content…
He was born in 1796 and died in 1830. David Walker was not a slave ever in his life because his mother was a free person which automatically made him free. David Walker gave the slaves in the south to go against their master and he made all of it happen from a pamphlet that he wrote himself called Appeal. In the pamphlet it told the slaves what the slave masters planned to the slaves and it persuaded the slaves to start a rebellion against all their masters. David Walker experienced a lot of pain throughout the young stages of his life and when he grew older he also felt pain when he lived in Boston. What happened was that even though Boston was a fully slave free state, he still experienced a lot of discrimination. He later joined some institutions that tried to get rid of slavery in the southern states and they also tried to avoid all discrimination in the northern states. After he had gone to these institutions he later became a leading spokesperson against slavery. His pamphlet Appeal was a cause of a lot of drama in the southern states. The slave holders were very afraid that the slaves were rebelling a lot and they set out laws that said that the slaves were not allowed to learn how to read and the southerners disallowed all antislavery books that were written. Because of the pamphlet that David Walker had written the southerners put a price on him, saying that if you get him dead to the

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