The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

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Frederick Douglass was an African American born into slavery in 1818 as Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, in Talbot county, Maryland. Frederick changed his name to Frederick Douglass in 1826 and escaped to freedom in the north in 1838 where he married Ann Murray, a free Baltimore woman. In 1841 Douglass spoke at his first abolitionist movement. He published his first novel in 1845, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. Over the years from 1846 to 1848 he attended many rights movements and published a second novel, My Bondage and My Freedom, and helped slaves escape to the underground railroad. Douglass continued speaking at abolitionists movements, and in 1861 met with president Lincoln to work on improving treatment of African …show more content…
Many efforts were made by African Americans in attempt to escape slavery, some successful and some not. Douglass becomes a free man in September of 1838 and reaches New Bedford, Massachusetts, where he describes life as being much different from that in the south. He points out that the people of the laboring class enjoyed a much better life style than slave owners in the south (“1838..”). By describing the life of laboring people in New Bedford Douglass is making a point to tell what he feels about slavery in the south. Southern slave owners think that they can only have a nice lifestyle by the slaves doing all the work, Douglass makes a point to show that isn’t true by telling that “laboring people in the north enjoy a better lifestyle than slave owners in the south.” (Douglass). However, Douglass describes his thoughts of the north before reaching it by saying, “I had somehow imbibed the opinion that, in the absence of slaves, there could be no wealth, and very little refinement.” …show more content…
African American salves, from a salve point of view. It describes the live of salves in the south, while giving insight to Douglass’s like as a slave. The novel tells of salves that would be beaten for no reason at all of mistakes that were too small to even mention. Frederick however, escapes most of the dreadful acts committed on slaves by their masters. Douglass is even tough to read and write secretly by one of his master’s wives. Douglass was traded to some not-so harsh masters in Baltimore, where he described life as “a city salve is almost like a free man” (Douglass). Now that he has to knowledge of what it is like being almost a free man, freedom now angers him, because this is what not only him but all slaves wish to have, freedom. In the novel Douglass tell readers about finally finding out what slavery means and about human rights and that it angers

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