Hewes & Douglass
This paper examines the lives of George Robert Twelve Hewes and Frederick Douglass, while detailing their experiences in two totally different yet dramatic eras in American history.
# 68360 | 899 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2006 |
Published on Aug 15, 2006 in History (U.S. After 1865) , History (U.S. Before 1865) , Literature (American) , History (U.S. Birth of the Nation 1750-1800) , African-American Studies (General)
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This paper details the life of former slave and abolitionist author Frederick Douglass, in 19th century America. Douglass himself was born a slave and as a young man seeking freedom, ran away to England to escape the bonds of slavery. This paper examines Douglass' firsthand understanding of the demoralizing conditions of slavery and his desire, from early on, to help to put an end to the situation. This paper details Douglass' involvement in successfully paving the way for the Abolition Movement in the United States. The writer also delves into the background of Hewes, a poor Boston shoemaker, who by virtue of a coincidental introduction to John Hancock, came to participate in the Boston Tea Party, an unusual role for someone of his humble station in life. The writer contends and explains why the era of Douglass was more representative, than that of Hewes. Hewes was an unusual man for his station in life, but Douglass was a common man for his station in life. Douglass exemplified and represented slaves of his time, while Hewes was an anomaly for his time. Hewes and Douglass themselves each made important, though different, contributions to America, which are described in this paper.
From the Paper:"While George Robert Twelve Hewes was clearly a man who was unusual for his time, Frederick Douglass was just as much a man of his time. He represented his era, and his era represented him: Douglass was a slave, and his era was slavery. However, Douglass helped pave the way for the successful Abolition Movement in the United States, and the post-Civil War abolition of American slavery in 1865. Frederick Douglass himself was born a slave, and as a young man seeking freedom, ran away first to the North, and then to England (when he was already a well-known author and speaker worldwide) in order to escape the bonds of slavery. It was the English who bought his freedom; only then could Douglass return to America a free man and be reunited there with his wife and children."
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