The Books Written in the 1800’s had Influenced Opinions of Slavery in America

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Two people whose books sparked the Civil War, leading to the end of slavery were; Harriett Stowe and Frederick Douglass. As authors, their books, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass,” were the catalysts to end slavery in America. Frederick Douglass was born in the month of February in 1818 in Talbot Country, Maryland as a slave. His book was written to describe the harsh life that Douglass experienced as a child. As a slave, his mother was taken from him at an early age; he was whipped and treated like dirt. He learned to read the Bible by his slave owner’s wife, and by teaching himself. He managed to escape to New York in his twenties. His life as a slave on the plantations, and in Baltimore, gave him many opportunities and learned experiences in several locations. Learning to read, write and work alongside white and black men, he accomplished what an average white man could do. Frederick Douglass’ books, “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass,” and “My Bondage and My Freedom,” were widely publicized in the north before the Civil War. People felt that these books inspired many to think differently on slavery and know the horrors of life as a slave. Frederick was even invited to the White House by President Lincoln, and he traveled the world. This was very important for black people to be recognized by a leader of the country. To Frederick, he thought that Lincoln didn’t do enough for slavery and his speech “the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863,” was weak. Frederick brought attention to black and women’s rights and to free slaves around the world. The other author was a female, who did not have the same rights as the average man. It turned out she w... ... middle of paper ... ...d=True>. Dublovoy, Sina. ""Douglass, Frederick." CivilRigths Leaders, American Profiles. NewYork;Facts On Files,Inc., American History Online." Infobase Learning - Login. Facts On Files,1997.Web. 19Jan.2014. Trescot, William. "The Position and Course of the South.: By Wm. H. Trescot, Esq. “Making of America Books. Arleston [S. C.]: Steam Power-press of Walker & James,1850.Web. 16 Feb. 2014. . Wright, Henry Clark. "The Natick Resolution, Or, Resistance to Slaveholders the Right and Duty of Southern Slaves and Northern Freemen." Making of America Books. Making of America Books, n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2014. .

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