Essay on Frederick Douglass And The Abolitionist Movement

1336 Words Dec 5th, 2016 6 Pages
The mid-nineteenth century was a time full of change for African Americans in the United States. It was a time where the abolitionist movement reached its peak and was eventually successful. One of the key leaders and members of this movement was Frederick Douglass, who was a former slave himself. He managed to escape slavery by going north, where he joined in the abolitionist movement, where he fought hard for black freedom. Throughout his life, different life experiences slowly altered Douglass’s understanding of his condition as a slave and finally motivated him to seek and ultimately achieve his freedom, such as his inability to know his family and genealogy and the extreme brutality toward himself and others, as well as the kindness he was shown by Miss Lucretia and in Baltimore by Miss Sopha and the strength he was able to find in religion. In the beginning, Douglass was unaware of his slave hood. His grandparents, who he lived with, told him and his cousins about their lack of freedom in bits and pieces as they grew up, slowly exposing them to the fact that they would be taken away, probably doing this to keep them free, in a sense, for as long as possible, before they were forced into “bondage.” He was living with his grandparents because one of the first actions of the slave holder once the child of a slave is born is to take the child away from its mother and send the mother to work a great distance away. They did this as a way to prevent attachments, as they…

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