The Abolitionist Movement: Frederick Douglas And The Abolition Movement

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Historically, slavery is one of the worst happenings that ever occurred in the world. For hundreds of years, colored people were forced to perform physical and horrendous labor with no freedom or rights. Over this time, while most people were pro slavery, there were of course some people who were against it. In the 1830s, the abolition movement was born and supported by both Europeans and free blacks who wanted to set out to abolish the slavery system in all. Of those free blacks, Frederick Douglas was one, whose life was saved by the abolition movement. The beginning of the abolitionist movement was the reason for Frederick Douglas’s desire and opportunity for a free life. Living as a slave with the Aulds in a Baltimore city allowed him to be introduced to what abolition was and the possibility of it happening for him, resulting in Douglas furthering his education and pondering about the possibility of a free life. The kindness from abolitionist David Ruggles allowed Douglas to become stable once he acquired freedom and allowed him to find work and start a free life up …show more content…
If this American reform did not exist, Douglas would not have been the inspirational and successful man that he was. Douglas would not have known about the abolition movement, or even known what it was if it wasn’t for his short residence with the Auld’s in the city. That was where he first learned of the word abolition and where he first stumbled upon a book that portrayed slavery opposition. However, even with Douglas’s successful escape, with the help of David Ruggles, Douglas would have been helpless. Ruggles was inclined to aid Douglas became Ruggles himself was a free black abolitionist. If he was not, he may have not helped Douglas. Thus, the abolitionist movement had a great impact on Douglas’ life as a slave. If not for this reform, his life could have turned out completely

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