Throughout both autobiographies, Keller and Douglass cherish the experiences that they have and use them to develop their life story for the better. Douglass having been born in the time of slavery did not have the most pleasant experiences in life. He witnessed some of the greatest degradations and brutality of slavery. Douglass’ desire for freedom from slavery increased in proportion to his need for knowledge and reading which provided him with the strength of conviction necessary to escape from his enslavement. Douglass’ life story became a great book in the United States earning him much respect and admiration among all Americans in the North.
All of Douglass’s achievements combines with his great literature to redefine the writings of the time. After reading any of his works, one might realize just how important Frederick Douglass was to the abolitionist movement. He changed many people’s lives, and helped to earn the respect of African American’s, as well as whites today. He most definitely has my respect and will live on in my mind as the most successful abolitionist ever. REFERENCES Douglass, Frederick.
Readers are allowed to see how life really was for them because of the timeline that the writers produced. Not only can the way each African American narrator lived, but they can also see how harshly they were treated. According to the three stories that I chose to express they lived a ok childhood but it was not always a fairytale for most. There were many significance that came with the slave narrators were able to read and write. The world gets to see what slavery has done to the enslaved.
He played an immeasurable role in the Harlem Renaissance period, and was looked up to by many writers as a voice to their own experiences. Hughes used everyday people and their everyday life struggles as a theme in his writings in order to touch the readers he had acquired. It is said that Langston Hughes was known as a legacy when it came to inspiring others to express themselves artistically. This legacy included: singing, writing, painting, or drawing. Langston Hughes was a master artistically, and enjoyed showing his passion for the arts to his fellow people.
Growing up I counted myself as one of the lucky few in the world where the act of reading and writing was not only encouraged but was a passion of many historical figures like Martin Luther King Jr., Fredrick Douglas Langston Hughes, and Emily Dickenson and many other trailblazers and patriots of history who became great minds by not just accepting their circumstances but doing something to make life better not only for themselves but the people around them. I have always had this wish that I could one day rendezvous with at least some of these historical figures that I have always wanted to emulate and maybe I could ask them about their experiences and how they survived in such a harsh and unforgiving word such as ours. A rendezvous is a meeting with someone that is arranged for a particular time and place and that is often secret. I really believe reading and writing not only paved the way for these abolitionists, poets, ministers, civil rights leaders and other great men and women. But this act of reading and writing also opened up their eyes to a whole new world but gave them the determination and resilience in order to achieve that new world in the face of insurmountable obstacles.
I learned that the United States was formerly captive. This country was not free, and so many hardships were obtained because of it. I am glad that people have fought for our freedom, and we are able to have the life we have today. I really enjoyed reading this book, it taught me many things about our History and nation.
As I read it more closely and thought about it more I began to put bits and pieces together. I think Hughes has done a wonderful job of describing the slave experience, from the beginning of his narrative to the end, which is when he starts to realize that a brighter future might exist. The way it was written made me really think about what it was Hughes was trying to say. This poem made me realize that a great many people suffered as slaves. These people lived their whole lives in this capacity, most without hope of any change of status.
Therefore, he spent much of his adult life working to abolish slavery. Frederick Douglass was a notable figure in the abolitionist movements in the 1800s and is still honored today. The first reason why Frederick Douglass was a prominent abolitionist was because of his experiences in his life. He was born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey in 1817 in Tuckahoe, Maryland (“Douglass, Frederick”). He was born as a slave and was raised by his grandmother because his mother was sold when he was an infant, as was a common occurrence in the American South (“Frederick Douglass”).
In a nutshell, access to books and love for learning shaped Franklin’s Character to a great extent. This paper also seeks to compare the autobiographies of Benjamin Franklin and Fredrick Douglas. In an e... ... middle of paper ... ...ple, Benjamin Franklin developed his own style of writing which was adopted by many liberal writers who shaped Franklin’s political views a great deal. It is also worth noting that Benjamin drew a lot from his father Josiah who he viewed as all round. He was particularly impressed by his ability to make sound judgment a skill also seen by other locals.
Fredrick Douglass, an African-American abolitionist showed his thoughts on slavery through the voice of a former slave. Fredrick Douglass, born, as a slave in Talbot County, Maryland in 1818 was a well-educated abolitionist and one of the very few African-American’s that had the opportunity. Douglass, unlike most slaves was educated as a young man by a Baltimore slave owner’s wife. He turned out to be a tremendous reader and writer and also had a great command of the English Language. Once Douglass had run away from the terrors of slavery in 1838 he joined various organizations in New Bedford, including black church, and regularly attended abolitionis... ... middle of paper ... ...way but with blood (on the day of his execution, 1859)’2 .