It is one of the earliest narratives written by a former American slave. Within the narrative, Douglass makes use of literary elements including symbolism and allegory, recurring themes, point of view, and syntax and diction to tell his story.
Douglass served as a slave on farms on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and in Baltimore throughout his youth. In Baltimore, especially, Douglas enjoyed relatively more freedom than slaves usually did in the South.
In the city, Douglass first learned how to read and began making contacts with educated free blacks. Douglass eventually escaped north to New York at the age of about twenty. When Douglass first arrived in Massachusetts, he began reading the Liberator, the abolitionist newspaper edited by William Lloyd Garrison.
InDouglass attended an abolitionist meeting in Nantucket, Massachusetts, where he met Garrison and was encouraged to tell the crowd about his experiences of slavery.
From toDouglass traveled extensively with Garrison and others through the Northern states, speaking nearly every day on the injustice and brutality of slavery. Douglass encountered hostile opposition and, most often, the charge that he was lying. Many Americans did not believe that such an eloquent and intelligent Negro had so recently been a slave.
The Narrative pointedly states that Douglass is its sole author, and it contains two prefaces from Garrison and another abolitionist, Wendell Phillips, to attest to this fact.
With the Narrative, Douglass demonstrated his ability to be not only the teller of his story, but its interpreter as well. Dou-glass spent the next two years traveling in the British Isles, where he was warmly received. He returned to the United States only after two English friends purchased his freedom.
His reputation at home had grown during his absence. The Narrative was an instant bestseller in and went through five print runs to accommodate demand. Despite opposition from Garrison, Douglass started his own abolitionist newspaper in in Rochester, New York, under the name North Star.
He became involved in politics, to the disapproval of other abolitionists who avoided politics for ideological reasons. When the Civil War broke out inDouglass campaigned first to make it the aim of the war to abolish slavery and then to allow black men to fight for the Union.
An American slave by Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Introduction The Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass can be referred to as a memoir and writing about the abolitionist movement of the life of a former slave, Fredrick Douglass. Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself can be seen as a response to both of these types of opposition. The Narrative pointedly states that Douglass is its sole author, and it contains two prefaces from Garrison and another abolitionist, Wendell Phillips, to attest to this fact. Project Gutenberg's The Black Experience in America, by Norman Coombs This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
He was successful on both fronts: Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on December 31,and Congress authorized the enlistment of black men inthough they were paid only half what white soldiers made.
The Union won the Civil War on April 9, During the s and beyond, Douglass continued to campaign, now for the right of blacks to vote and receive equal treatment in public places. Douglass served in government positions under several administrations in the s and s.
He also found time to publish the third volume of his autobiography, The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, in the second volume, My Bondage and My Freedom, was published in Douglass died of a heart attack in In his narrative, Douglass's intent is to convince white audiences of the horrors and evil of slavery.
He uses literary devices to convey the inhumanity of an institution in which one group of.
Analysis and Summary of “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” Posted by Nicole Smith, Dec 6, Non-Fiction Comments Closed Print Although throughout the Narrative, Frederick Douglass has a tendency to skip around often and does not always follow a completely chronological ordering, the work begins with his childhood.
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William Edward Burghardt "W. E. B." Du Bois was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author, and editor. African American Lives: The Struggle for Freedom is designed to help students in a survey course gain an understanding of that struggle. It introduces the concepts, milestones, and significant figures of African American history.
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