Frederick Douglass and the Abolition of Slavery

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Frederick Douglass and the Abolition of Slavery There were many influential people who fought for the abolition of slavery in the 1800s. Among these people are Harriet Tubman, William Lloyd Garrison, and our sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln. Frederick Douglass is one of these people. As a former slave, Frederick Douglass believed he could not enjoy his freedom while the rest of his people suffered under the burden of slavery. 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”). When he was old enough, Douglass was put to work by Edward Lloyd. This is when he experienced the hardships of slavery (“Frederick Douglass”). In 1825, he was transferred to the household of Hugh Auld (“Frederick Douglass”). He learned to read and write from Auld’s wife (“Frederick Douglass”). When Auld found out that his wife was educating Douglass, he put a stop to it. However, Douglass continued to read and write secretly (“Frederick Douglass”). In 1838, Douglass managed to escape to freedom in New York (“Frederick Douglass”). However, he was forced to move to Great Britain in 1845 because of Fugitive Slave laws (“Frederick Douglass”). He returned in 1847 (“Frederick Douglass”). He received enough money in Britain to publi... ... middle of paper ... ...he was able to induce a sense of poignancy in his listeners by using his experiences as a slave (“Frederick Douglass”). Frederick Douglass was an accomplished journalist, orator, and autobiographer. His speeches and written work had a big impact on the nation and on others’ views on slavery. Work Cited "Frederick Douglass." DISCovering Authors. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Student Resources in Context. Web. 5 Mar. 2014. "Words of war." America's Civil War Jan. 2013: 17. Student Resources in Context. Web. 5 Mar. 2014. "Douglass, Frederick." World Book Online InfoFinder. World Book, 2014. Web. 6 Mar. 2014. "Country, Conscience, and the Anti-Slavery Cause." Human and Civil Rights: Essential Primary Sources. Ed. Adrienne Wilmoth Lerner, Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, and K. Lee Lerner. Detroit: Gale, 2006. 96-100. Biography in Context. Web. 6 Mar. 2014.

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