Life and Times of Frederick Douglass Term Paper by Master Researcher

Life and Times of Frederick Douglass
A biography on the life of Frederick Douglass.
# 36426 | 1,400 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 08, 2003 in African-American Studies (Historical Figures)

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This paper describes the early years of Frederick Douglass and how as a black youth during the age of slavery he bore the abuse and violence that marked the life of every slave. The paper then discusses how as a man he gained freedom, as a black leader he fought for the emancipation of his people, and through his charismatic speeches and persistence he gave the black nation a legacy of pride. The paper asserts that through his books, Douglass proved that faith and hard work could make even a slave into a person to be remembered by all.

From the Paper:

"Fredrick Douglass was born in 1818 in Talbot county to Harriet Bailey who was a slave in Maryland. They were thus, both the property of Aaron Anthony, at whose estate they worked. Harriet Bailey worked in the cornfield by day so had little time to supervise her son. Thus, he was sent to live with his grandmother, Betsey Baily. Betsy lived in a small cabin some distance from the farm and she usually looked after Harriet children. The question of his parentage arose once in a while but he never knew exactly who had sired him. At times it was believed that he was the masters son and at others this was doubted. That he was a white mans son was never in doubt, though. Thus, began his youth.
"Frederick Bailey, as he was named then, was the brightest young " colored boy" on the Auld plantation. Mrs. Auld, the wife of the owner, began to teach him the alphabet. Douglass life to him was an enchantment. "It was some time before I knew myself to be a slave," he wrote in his third autobiography, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass.
But things changed as they had too."

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