Essay on Frederick Douglass And The Abolitionist Movement

1240 Words Jan 8th, 2016 5 Pages
Frederick Douglass, a runaway slave and an active participant in the abolitionist movement, gave a compelling and meaningful speech on September 29, 1849 addressing the colored people of the United States (Frederick, Address). He voiced his yearning for justice and equality for his fellow African Americans and elaborated on how they should achieve this massive step towards justice for all. 14 years later in 1863, slavery was emancipated and considered unconstitutional (Council on Foreign Relations). Taking place at the black national convention in Cleveland, Ohio, Frederick Douglass emphasized the importance of the black man becoming independent from the white man in order to prosper in their black community, as a way to become self-reliant (Marrs).
Historical Background/Purpose
Being a former slave, Frederick Douglass felt strongly about the brutality and inhumanity of slavery and felt a need to protest against it after he was considered a free man. As he recalls, Frederick was born in Tuckahoe, Maryland, in 1818. The exact date of his birth is unknown but he decided to celebrate his birthday on February the 14th. (Douglass, Narrative). His father’s identity is unknown; however, there were many rumors of his master being his biological father, being that he was mixed with White (Horn). Douglass was painfully separated from his birth mother as a baby and only remembers seeing her roughly four to five times. “I received the tidings of (my mother’s) death with much the same…

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