The Life Of Frederick Douglass And The Civil War

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In the late nineteenth century, America faced one of its biggest downfalls as the Confederates separated themselves from the Union. Tension grew within the country and the Civil War erupted. One major reason why this war began was because the Confederates wanted slavery, and the Union did not. The people who opposed slavery were called abolitionists and they were found throughout the United States. One of the most famous abolitionists was Frederick Douglass. Douglass was a politician, lecturer, writer, and also a former slave. Frederick Douglass’ fame began when he was a young adult, and it continued to grow as he fought for his rights and freedom through his speeches and writings.

Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was born in Tuckahoe,
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Some of his earliest comments in the Liberator were against the schemes advocating that Blacks should be sent back to Africa (“Frederick Douglass” Pan-African). His abolitionist career began in 1841 at the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society in Nantucket, Massachusetts, where he gave a speech about his slave life, and he eventually became an agent of the society. His name became a symbol of freedom and achievement for everyone (“Douglass…” Funk…). For the next ten years, Douglass toured the north as a lecturer and despite the mockery, insults, and violent personal attacks, he continued to testify about the dehumanizing conditions of slavery and its effect on its victims. Douglass’ dramatic speeches about his slavery made him one of the most skillful and eloquent of the abolitionist speakers, and he was able to counter all pro slavery propaganda then in existence. He spoke mostly of putting an end to racism and segregation (“Frederick Douglass” Pan-African; “Douglass…” Encyclopedia 642). At Garrison’s urging, Douglass wrote and published his first autobiography in 1845 called, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, which was rewritten ten years later as My Bondage and My Freedom and revised in 1882 as Life and Times of Frederick Douglass. (“Frederick Douglass” Bio; “Douglass…” Encyclopedia 642). Douglass’ autobiography is one of the most thoroughly …show more content…
He fought for the enactment of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution (“Douglass…” Funk…). Douglass became a Republican Party leader and was also the first African American nominated as vice president in 1872 as Victoria Woodhill’s running mate on Equal Rights (Davis 288; “Frederick Douglass” Bio). Unfortunately, he was nominated without his approval and therefore, never campaigned (“Frederick Douglass” Bio). In 1871, he was Assistant Secretary of the Santo Domingo Commission. He was a marshall in the District of Columbia (1877-1881) and a Recorder of Deeds (1881-1886). His last post was the U.S. Minister and consul General to Haiti (1889-1891) (“Douglass…” Encyclopedia 642). Douglass passed away on February 20, 1895 in his Washington, D.C. home (Davis

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