Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass Essay

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Though both Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave Written by Himself (1845) and Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, Written by Himself (1881) were both written after Frederick Douglass escaped slavery, the two autobiographies have a number of differences between them. Though the autobiographies are written about the same person, Frederick Douglass, some people and events in Douglass’ life have been deleted or added, creating, what appears to be, two different accounts of enslaved life.
Seven years after Frederick Douglass escaped slavery, he wrote Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave Written by Himself (1845). In this document Douglass states that he has only had two masters, his first being Captain Anthony. However, in this autobiography, he does not “remember his first name.” Many years later, in 1881, Douglass publishes Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, Written by Himself (1881) which includes his first master’s full name “Captain Aaron Anthony”. If Douglass had trouble remembering one of two master’s names only seven years after his escape, how was he able to recall such information later on in his life? Could it be because he reconnected with someone from his time of slavery after he’d escaped? The remembrance of Captain Anthony’s first name is not the only addition that Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, Written by Himself (1881) includes.
In his autobiography written in 1881, Douglass informs the reader…

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