Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass Analysis Essay

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Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass Analysis

“To tell his story of suffering and liberation from slavery on platforms was one thing; to publish it for a reading public eager for the tales of escaped slaves was quite another.” (Blight.6).
The autobiography, The Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, written by Frederick Douglass himself, emphasized the mutual influence and close correlation of Douglass's life with key events in American history that shaped the lives of African Americans. Starting from his birth and childhood to years of slavery, oppression and finally freedom, Frederick Douglass’s first autobiography served as a first-hand legitimized perspective of what it was like for most slaves in the 1800s. The editor,
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According to Harvard University Press, “Douglass took pains to be as accurate as his memory and his knowledge permitted… For example, Douglass states that Colonel Lloyd owned twenty farms, while, as the family papers show, he had thirteen. Douglass states that there were “from three to four hundred slaves” on the Home House plantation; actually, for the time of which Douglass spoke there were 167 slaves on that farm, as is shown in the Lloyd inventory entitled”. We only have his word for this; we can only have his word for it; there were no independent witnesses to Douglass’s psychological state that contributed to his autobiography. But it is possible that he mistook aspects of his inner life. With The Narrative seen as a credible source, it is still clear that Douglass’s Narrative may have a few unintentional white …show more content…
Slavery was able to light a passionate fire in determined abolitionists, yet hide the truth from the blind public.
Douglass's narrative is a highly symbolic book concerning the subject of slavery. The book is very political and went against the cruelties of the institution of slavery. This, as a result, gained support for its abolition. Douglass analyzes the many different elements that allowed whites to keep control of their institution, how the suppression of slavery changes the concept of freedom and the hardship of slavery of the psychological state of African Americans. Most importantly, he gives the reader a first-hand experience on the negative impact of oppression to him and his

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