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Transcript of Timeline
The Voices Not Heard
For the first time in the book Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass he is able to give dates to his audience and in March, 1832 he left Baltimore to live with Thomas Auld and his wife at St. Michael’s and unfortunately discovers that him nor his wife are not kind people that take pleasure in not having to use the whip because they are the complete opposite and are the type of people who thrive off of the cruelty and enjoy to watch their “property” wither in pain from their hunger because they will not be fed unless enough food is stolen to survive. However, Frederick Douglass was a very intelligent and cunning young man and believed that he had fooled Thomas Auld because he was not an experienced slave owner because he was born a poor man; unfortunately Auld discovered what he was doing and could no longer stand how disobedient Frederick Douglass was and decided to rent him to a man named Mr.Covey who would give him the labor work he had never done and the most severe beatings that he had never received.
Upon leaving Master Thomas Auld's, Frederick Douglass is sent to a man by the name of Mr. Covey who has a reputation of setting misbehaved slaves straight.
Once Douglass is finally sent back to Baltimore, the thought of escaping to become a free man pervades his mind much more frequently; the date of September 3rd is when he plans to leave his master once and for all.
Due to self-defense from physical abuse by Mr. Covey, Douglass is able to instill fear upon Covey, causing harm against Douglass in this proximity to no longer occur.
Douglass successfully attempts to leave Thomas Auld where he is now in New York with the fear of exposure and forced transportation back to his master.
With the help of a man by the name of David Ruggles, Douglass is sent to New Bedford, Massachusetts where his Fiancee Anna Murray meets him and they gain hospitality and assistance from Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Johnson; Douglass is now free and continues fighting against slavery and mistreatment of his people.
“If I had been killed in the presence of a thousand colored people, their testimony combined would have been insufficient to have arrested one of the murderers.”
- The significance of this quote is how it reveals how little the opinions and voices of African Americans mattered in this time and it shows that a white man had so much power
that they could literally get away with murder because the voice of one non-colored man overpowered the voice of a thousand colored men.
The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass Chapters 9-11
What was significant about the turning point between Frederick Douglass and Mr.Covey?
"Upon this [Mr. Covey] rushed at me with the fierceness of a tiger, tore off my clothes, and lashed me till he had worn out his switches, cutting me so savagely as to leave marks visible for a long time after."
This quote is significant because it was the experience that started his field hand working experience, and from henceforth he was put in the shoes that he was formerly protected from as a house slave.
"Sincerely and earnestly hoping that this little book may do something toward throwing light on the American slave system, and hastening the glad day of deliverance to the millions of my brethren in bonds-faithfully relying upon the power of truth, love, and justice, for success in my humble efforts-and solemnly pledging my self anew to the sacred cause,-I subscribe myself, FREDERICK DOUGLASS."
Douglass' book was able to tell us the true meaning of what it was to be a slave. The life of these innocent people endured was cruel. The significance of this quote is that, Frederick Douglass is able to tell the American Citizens that slavery was more than just a title placed among these people. He showed the pure evils of slavery on a first hand experience.
"Their minds have been starved by their cruel masters."
This quote displays irony because not only do the masters physically starve them and malnourish the slaves, they are also being starved education wise. The have little to no knowledge, and are not being presented with any by their masters. That and the physical harm that the masters bring upon the slaves are what make them horrendous beings.
Examination and Analysis
Due to the lyrics that are similar to the suffering times Douglass endured and the very close relation it has to the multiple slaves of this time, this song was selected for the primary reason that it is a different interpretation of the troubling experiences many slaves dealt with from that time except from a perspective of a man who was a Civil Rights Activist in the time of when segregation and black lynching was prominent. "Here we all work, while the white boys play" is a specific lyric that many slaves could relate to: constantly put to work while a man who lacked color in his skin had a life of his choice, a life of free will; a life with responsibilities much different and perhaps much better than responsibilities of any enslaved man of that time.
Old Man River - Paul Robeson
Why did Frederick Douglass write his narrative, what was the purpose of his book?
Why was this book imperative to the abolitionist movement, how did it help further aid the movement?
What other movements could this book aid and how?
"If at any one time of my life more than another, I was made to drink the bitterest dregs of slavery, that time was during the first six months of my stay with Mr. Covey."
The highest of hardships Douglass ever had to endure were with the infamous Mr. Covey well-known for his status of re-shaping trouble-provoking slaves into obedient workers. This quote is significant in the way that it displays the mere truth of this time being the most difficult for Douglass as shown in his not-literal diction of description for what this window of time was to him. These times were the "bitterest dregs" Douglass ever had to "drink" and it was only over a time period of six months; Douglass had been a slave for the majority of his life. The significance of this quote is mainly because of the way Douglass interpreted the hardest time he faced as a slave.
In this paragraph, Douglass speaks of how he remembered his own manhood, because he was beaten by Mr. Covey so much he no longer felt like himself. This was the biggest turning point throughout his narrative because this is when Frederick Douglass becomes the person he is.
What you think would have happened if Douglass were to reveal things he chose not to due to the danger the exposure would cause him?
The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass Cambridge. MA. Belknap. 1960. Print.
Old Man River.
1936. Youtube. Web. 14 Dec 2014.
The transcendentalism that is displayed in The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass, is that Douglass was an educated man despite the consequences that came along with learning the abilities to read and write. Just like most transcendentalism Douglass believed in self-reliance and self-development, Douglass soon became determined to finish learning how to read and write because this was a goal he wanted to reach. Because of this, Douglass wouldn't be the man he came to be.