Essay on Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass
American Historical Survey Online: Fall 2014
Northwest Missouri State University On August 3, 1857 Frederick Douglass delivered a “West India Emancipation” speech at Canandaigua, New York. While being an eminent human rights leader in the abolitionist movement of the United States, Frederick Douglass made this powerful statement, “Without struggle there can be no progress.” Throughout his autobiography, the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself, we see how much Douglass struggled throughout his life to reach his ultimate goal of becoming a free man.
Born into slavery around 1818 in Talbot County, Maryland, Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey lived with his maternal grandmother, Betty Bailey. He was taken from his mother, Harriet Bailey, soon after his birth, who had only little significance in his life until she died when Douglass was around six years old. Captain Anthony, Douglass’s first white master is most likely his father. Mr. Plummer was Captain Anthony’s overseer. He was a cruel, drunk man that carried a whip everywhere. While living with Captain Anthony, Douglass was first introduced to the world of slavery. In the book he remembers Captain Anthony frequently whipping his Aunt Hester. Douglass can’t explain the feeling of watching his Aunt Hester’s whippings in his book. Part of the pain that Douglass experienced was not…