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Frederick Washington Bailey was born in Tuckahoe, Maryland, on 7th February 1818. He was later renamed as Frederick Douglass. He lived with his grandmother on a plantation until the age of eight, when he was sent to Hugh Auld in Baltimore

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Royan Robinson Mrs. Altschuler HUMA 202.002 February 20, 2006 Frederick Douglass Thesis: Although best remembered today for his autobiographical writing, Douglass was best known in his own time as an orator, as well as an activist and journalist. I. The narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass is not merely an example of self-elevation, it is, a noble justification of the highest aims of the American anti-slavery movement. A. Frederick Douglass dwelt on the nature of real Christianity, showing it to be a worldwide faith recognizing all as brethren, raising up the degraded, freeing the slave, and strengthening the weak. B. . He spoke in a feeling manner, which drew tears from many eyes, of the cruel discrimination against his race, and gave a simple narrative of some of his own experience of good and ill treatment as a colored man. C. The real object of that movement was not only to liberate, but also, to give upon the slave the exercise of all those rights, from the possession of which he/she has been so long debarred. II. The slaves were physically distinguished with respect to physiognomy A. Their huge jaws, full muscles big eyes (not present in other men) regarded them as a race that was meant for slavery. B. It was declared that slavery was a system of labor, which exchanges subsistence for work, which secures a life-maintenance from the master to the slave, and gives a life-labor from the slave to the master. ...read more.

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The narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass is not merely an example of self-elevation, it is, a noble justification of the highest aims of the American anti-slavery movement. The real object of that movement was not only to liberate, but also, to give upon the slave the exercise of all those rights, from the possession of which he/she has been so long debarred. Frederick Douglass dwelt on the nature of real Christianity, showing it to be a worldwide faith recognizing all as brethren, raising up the degraded, freeing the slave, and strengthening the weak. He spoke in a feeling manner, which drew tears from many eyes, of the cruel discrimination against his race, and gave a simple narrative of some of his own experience of good and ill treatment as a colored man. The slaves were physically distinguished with respect to physiognomy. Their huge jaws, full muscles big eyes (not present in other men) regarded them as a race that was meant for slavery. It was declared that slavery was a system of labor, which exchanges subsistence for work, which secures a life-maintenance from the master to the slave, and gives a life-labor from the slave to the master. The slave is an apprentice for life, and owes his labor to his master; the master owes support, during life, to the slave. ...read more.

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As a child slave he was indirectly hinted by his master that reading, education, and self-cultivation was what made a man and depriving the slaves with this would keep slavery forever. This inkling motivated him to continue his hideout studies and he firmly believed that through this he could win his freedom. He also was a social reformer. He was one of those who believed that it is the mission of this war to free every slave in the United States. Douglass had also participated in the movement for women's equality from its beginnings at the Seneca Falls meeting in 1848. The slogan for his second newspaper was "All rights for all," and women's rights advocates numbered among his close friends. Although he had parted ways with many of them over the exclusion of women from the fifteenth amendment, he continued to advocate women's suffrage and equality literally until his dying day. After attending a women's rights rally in Washington, D.C. on February 20, 1895, Douglass returned home to his house in Anacostia where he died. The author has beautifully sketched his autobiography capturing his state of mind during the transition of the slavery years to his freedom. This autobiography is very well articulated with excellent use of vocabularies. The author has vividly described his life in less than hundred pages and it hardly accounts to any missing years and incomplete descriptions of the events that take place. ?? ?? ?? ?? Robinson 1 ...read more.

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