Essay on Frederick Douglass

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Frederick Douglass's Propaganda Behind the Narrative

Frederick Douglass, a firm believer in equality, was one of the most influential leaders of the abolitionist movement in America. An ex-slave, Douglass pushed for abolition and brought attention to the subject through his commanding speeches and his powerful writings. Among his writings Douglass published his autobiography "Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave" , which is indeed one of his more famous pieces of work. Although seen as a simple autobiography of his life, the narrative includes a strong abolitionist message that would aim to change the northern audience's view on southern slaveholders. Douglass knew changing the north's view on the subject
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The preface gives the readers knowledge that Douglass is a truly skilled at pushing for abolition and that other should expect that in the narrative and follow him in the anti-slavery struggle. Early in the text, Frederick Douglass used his family relationships to hit at the hearts of his readers. He never knew the true identity of his father, but it is said that it was his mother's first master. His situation was normal among slaves and explains " the slaveholder, in cases not a few, sustains to his slaves the double relation of master and father."(2073). Even though his father may have been white, Douglass was to be a slave from the minute he was born .Having a master as a father was so common that it was "by law established that the children of women shall in all cases follow the condition of their mother."(2073). This is to show that all the children would be slaves based only on the fact that their mother was a slave. This would have greatly offended the morals of his northern white readers. Blacks may have been free in the north, but interracial relationships were greatly looked down upon. With more on how his family was effected by slavery, Douglass tells the reader that he and his mother were separated by their master when he

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