Frederick Douglass And The Civil War Essay

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In the late nineteenth century, America faced one of its biggest downfalls as the Confederates separated themselves from the Union. Tension grew within the country and the Civil War erupted. One major reason why this war began was because the Confederates wanted slavery, and the Union did not. The people who opposed slavery were called abolitionists and they were found throughout the United States. One of the most famous abolitionists was Frederick Douglass. Douglass was a politician, lecturer, writer, and also a former slave. Frederick Douglass’ fame began when he was a young adult, and it continued to grow as he fought for his rights and freedom through his speeches and writings.

Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was born in Tuckahoe, Maryland (Scruggs 316). His exact date of birth is unknown, but it was around February in 1817 or 1818. His mother was a slave named Harriet Bailey, and his father was a white man whom he never knew (deGregory). Most of his early years were spent with his grandmother and he rarely saw his mother (“Frederick Douglass” Pan-African). At the age of eight, Douglass went to Baltimore to work as a house servant for the Auld Family (“Meet Frederick…” 337). Sophia Auld taught Douglass the alphabet and how to read and write, which violated a Maryland state law (“Frederick Douglass” Bio; “Meet Frederick…” 337). When Hugh Auld discovered this, he forced his wife to stop the lessons, so Douglass had to secretly continue his education on his own…

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