Surely, Frederick Douglas aims to make a good presentation of how the White American driving force for slavery has affected the realization of the Black race with regards the importance that they have in the society.
Douglass described her as a kind and tender-hearted woman, who treated him "as she supposed one human being ought to treat another". He later often said, "knowledge is the pathway from slavery to freedom. In later years, Douglass credited The Columbian Oratoran anthology that he discovered at about age twelve, with clarifying and defining his views on freedom and human rights.
The book, first published inis a classroom reader, containing essays, speeches and dialogues, to assist students in learning reading and grammar.
When Douglass was hired out to William Freeland, he taught other slaves on the plantation to read the New Testament at a weekly Sunday school.
As word spread, the interest among slaves in learning to read was so great that in any week, more than 40 slaves would attend lessons. For about six months, their study went relatively unnoticed.
While Freeland remained complacent about their activities, other plantation owners became incensed about their slaves being educated. One Sunday they burst in on the gathering, armed with clubs and stones, to disperse the congregation permanently.
Thomas Auld sent Douglass to work for Edward Coveya poor farmer who had a reputation as a "slave-breaker". He whipped Douglass regularly, and nearly broke him psychologically.
The sixteen-year-old Douglass finally rebelled against the beatings, however, and fought back. After Douglass won a physical confrontation, Covey never tried to beat him again. Inhe tried to escape from his new master Covey, but failed again.
InDouglass met and fell in love with Anna Murraya free black woman in Baltimore about five years older than he. Her free status strengthened his belief in the possibility of gaining his own freedom. Murray encouraged him and supported his efforts by aid and money.
On September 3,Douglass successfully escaped by boarding a train from the newly merged Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad P. This depot was replaced by the historic President Street Stationconstructed —; it was noted as a site of other slave escapes along one of many routes of the famous " Underground Railroad " and during the Civil War.
Young Douglass reached Havre de Grace, Marylandin Harford Countyin the northeast corner of the state, along the southwest shore of the Susquehanna Riverwhich flowed into the Chesapeake Bay.
Although this placed him some 20 miles from the free state of Pennsylvania, it was easier to travel through Delaware, another slave state.
Dressed in a sailor's uniform provided to him by Murray, who also gave him part of her savings to cover his travel costs, he carried identification papers and protection papers that he had obtained from a free black seaman.
From there, because the rail line was not yet completed, he went by steamboat along the Delaware River further northeast to the "Quaker City" of PhiladelphiaPennsylvania, an anti-slavery stronghold.In Frederick Douglass's Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, he appeals to the interest of the reader through his first hand accounts of slavery, his use of irony in these descriptions, and his balance between evasiveness and frankness.
Mar 29, · Douglass’ autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, described his time as a slave in Maryland. It was one of five autobiographies he penned, along with dozens of noteworthy speeches, despite receiving minimal formal education.
Frederick Douglass set out to educate society about the reality of slavery, about its unnaturalness and about its detrimental effects on the society that harbored it. He uses his life as a portrayal of this reality, not for an ulterior reason than to demonstrate to society of the venom in its midst.
Slavery Through The Eyes Of Frederick Douglass: An Eye-Opener for Society.
The “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave" seeks to educate and, thus, advance society regarding the . My Bondage and My Freedom (), Douglass's next slave narrative memoir; Self-Made Men (Frederick Douglass) The Heroic Slave, a heartwarming Narrative of the Adventures of Madison Washington, in Pursuit of Liberty, (), a fiction book by Douglass based on the experiences of Madison Washington.
- Frederick Douglass was born in Maryland in as a slave to a maritime captain, Captain Anthony.
After decades of enslavement, Frederick Douglass escaped to the North and became one of the prominent members and drivers of the abolitionist movement.