Frederick Douglass c I always look forward to February and March because it puts the spotlight on two marginalized groups in history. So one of my contributions this year is a review of the venerable autobiography of Frederick Douglass, an escaped american slave, abolitionist, preacher and revered leader of the African American community. As a scholar of ancient history, I value primary sources which are few in my chosen time of 5C Rome. This autobiography is a precious record of a troubling period in our American History from a man who experienced it first hand.
Share via Email Frederick Douglass, abolitionist If there is one African American who can make the strongest claim to be the godfather of the literature derived from the black American experience, it must be Frederick Douglass Throughout his long career, Douglass cut an imposing figure, renowned as an impassioned abolitionist, a fiery writer and newspaper editor.
He was a great public speaker, who became a one-man crusade for black liberation, part of it conducted in collaboration with Abraham Lincolnthe president who would secure the end of slavery.
As a spokesman for his people, Douglass distilled his fortunes into a sequence of vivid personal narratives — this memoir would be followed by two further autobiographies — which, at a time when very few slaves could read or write, captured the imagination of the American reading public.
According to many accounts, the determination from his earliest years to escape bondage set Douglass apart. He was born into slavery in the Chesapeake shore, Maryland. At first, he sought to liberate himself through education and self-improvement, but came to recognise that he would have to become a fugitive from the south, like so many others.
In fact, Douglass made two escape attempts before he was assisted in a successful route to the free states by Anna Murraya free black woman in Baltimore with whom he had fallen in love. He also carried identification papers obtained from a free black seaman.
Within 24 hours, Douglass was able to make his way to the safe house of an abolitionist in New York. Once securely in the north, he sent for Murray to meet him in New York, where they married, before settling in New Bedford, Massachusetts, a thriving free black community.
Douglass joined a black church and attended abolitionist meetings. He used to boast of the commission of the awful and bloody deed. In addition to this kind of rhetorical assault on white supremacy, inDouglass served as a key delegate at the Seneca Falls Conventionwhere women and African Americans came together in quest of the right to vote.
Douglass, meanwhile, continued to write powerfully about the routine degradation of the slave community: Men and women, old and young, married and single, were ranked with horses, sheep, and swine.
Horses and men, cattle and women, pigs and children — all held the same rank in the scale of being, and were all subjected to the same narrow examination, the same indelicate inspection. At this moment, I saw more clearly than ever the brutalising effects of slavery upon both slave and slaveholder.
But his priority was his ceaseless campaign to end slavery and secure equal rights for African Americans. It never did and it never will. Vivid and shocking, the book became a bestseller, was picked up by Henry Thoreau in Walden No 64 in this seriesand became highly influential in the fight for abolition.
For Thoreau, the plight of black Americans exposed a deep existential anxiety that we are somehow all slaves, and ultimately led to his own anti-slavery writing. Inthanks to the vicissitudes of US politics, the legacy of Frederick Douglass has been taken up by President Trump, who, at the beginning of Black History Monthmade some characteristically bizarre comments:Collections >> Related titles >> Review of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, FROM New York Tribune, 10 June Review of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, FROM New York Tribune, .
Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglas, an American Slave, written in , is, perhaps, the most famous.
The others were My Bondage and My Freedom () and Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (, revised ).4/5. At the th anniversary of the abolition of slavery, we look back at the Introduction to the first modern edition of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, published by Harvard University Press in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: Daily Life of an American Slave Frederick Douglass was born into slavery as Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey in Talbot County, Maryland in either or Collections >> Related titles >> Review of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, FROM New York Tribune, 10 June Review of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, FROM New York Tribune, 10 June REVIEW QUESTIONS FOR NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS CHAPTER I 1.
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