Essay on Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

2184 Words Jan 31st, 2015 9 Pages
“You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man” (Pg 64). Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is book written by Douglass himself. Douglass writes about the crime he was witness and victim to as a slave. He talks about his experience as a freeman looking back at his slave life. The different events in his life like leaving the plantation, learning the truth about literacy, crimes he witnessed, the law that turned a blind eye to the cruelty he was victim to and his duty as a former slave to educate the people who were oblivious to the life slave were forced to live. The events that led Douglass to write the book were the events where he learned something that helped him escape slavery figuratively and literally. Also, where he witnessed and was victim to the cruelty of slavery. Frederick Douglass was an abolitionist leader, journalist and author who was born on 1818, Douglass guessed it to be 1817, in Talbot County, Maryland. He was born into slavery and stayed a slave until his escape at the age of 20. Many events led Douglass to realize his situation as a slave. His real name was Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey but changed it to Frederick Douglass in order to stay hidden from the people he escaped from and the people who might send him back to his slave life. During the antebellum period there was law called Fugitive state law that stated that if slave escape from his slaveholder. Slave if captured or found must be…

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