When discussing historic dissent, Fredrick Douglass is one who cannot go without mention. A dissentient which had great impact regarding the abolitionist movement and civil rights Douglass is quite possibly one of the greatest influences for contemporary dissentients. Douglass’s belief in equality for all propelled him to fame within his group. The contribution that Douglass had on the civil war and beyond is unmeasurable.
This paper will briefly cover the life Douglass’s as a slave illustrated by his own account. Douglas wrote a narrative to illustrate to individuals that he indeed was not a fraud. It was difficult for people to believe that someone who was a slave could articulate their words in the manner that Douglass could. This in important because it will lead to Douglass becoming the man who greatly impacted slavery and civil right. How Douglass impacted slavery and civil right in America is a testament to what a dissentient fights against even when there seems to be no hope.
Fredrick Douglass was born circa February 1818, in Talbot County, Maryland (Preston). Douglass name was originally Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey. Douglass never knew when he was truly born. Douglass, in his narrative, illustrates this as information which not necessary for slaves to know according to their masters. The slave had to be kept ignorant. (Douglass) Douglass knew little of his parents. Douglass believe his father to be a White man, likely his Master, and his mother a slave named Harriet Baily. Little is mentioned of his parents in his narrative.
Douglass was given transferred from the plantation he was born at to a plantation owned by Hugh Auld. Since Douglass was still young he was cared for differently than adu...
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...the how slaves who would escape the south at night would follow the North Star to insure that they headed in the direction of freedom. Douglass used this paper as a medium to abolish slavery in all aspects. (F. Douglass)
Douglass had a strong belief in educational improvements for people of color. The idea of freedom and the morality of the slave system were major concern for Douglass. Douglass became a leader in the abolitionist group and had high hopes that the millions of slaves held in captivity would be freed. Douglas had given many speeches on the topics of anti-slavery, equality, and women’s rights. In his speech, What the Black Man Want, Douglass hit on all three of these topics. This speech was delivered at the annual meeting for the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society in Boston, April, 1865 the subject matter was that of Equality of all men before the law.