Frederick Douglass Abolitionist Analysis

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An Abolitionist is a believer in the complete elimination of slavery. Frederick Douglass was born a slave, however, he escaped in 1838. He had unique oratory skill, Douglass was speaking to an audience on antislavery at a convention in Nantucket, 1841, where he met the abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, president of the American Anti-Slavery Society and editor of the abolitionist newspaper The Liberator. Garrison was impressed by Douglass’s powerful oratory skill and asks him to join him in the movement (SlaveNarrative). The Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave is an account written by Douglass himself to chronicle his life as protagonist in his life of slavery, abolitionist, and journalist.
In his writings Douglas
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Most white slaveholders frequently raped female slaves. Consequently, the children fathered by white masters and slave women invariably suffered greater hardships…The master was frequently compelled to sell this class of his slaves (his own children), out of deference to the feelings of his white wife;…Guilt…if he has to whip them himself, or stand by and see one white son tie up his brother, of but few shades darker…and ply the gory lash to his naked back. —Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave Written by Himself (1845) (Corbett, 382).
It was surprised to learn about the harsh treatment of the children of slaveholders and the female slaves. In this narrative on line sticks out, “ to stand by and see one white son tie up his brother, of but a few shades darker…and ply the gory lash to his naked back.” The concept had never occurred to me before this, that the children not only had white fathers but white siblings.
Learning to read was a staple in the life of young Douglass, “From my earliest recollection, I date the entertainment of a deep conviction that slavery would not always be able to hold me within its foul embrace” (Narrative,

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