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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Written by: Frederick Douglass Presented by: Desiree Herrera Jeremy Andrade and Ariel Diza

Desiree Herrera

on 14 December 2010

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Transcript of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Signifigant Events Childhood Douglass, born as Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, was born in February 1818
His father is unknown, but believed to be his master, Aaron Anthony
After leaving the plantation to live with the Auld’s, his mistress, Sophia Auld, teaches him how to read Learning to read leads to Douglass’ desire to become an educated slave Douglass would ask the poor neighborhood boys to help him read Thomas Auld Douglass' first witness of a beating was that of his own aunt In March, 1833, Douglass is sent to work for Thomas Auld In January 1834, Douglass was sent to Edward Covey, a man known as the ‘slave- breaker’ After his stay with Mr. Covey, Douglass is sent to work for Mr. William Freeland In 1835, Douglass opens a Sunday school to teach young black slaves to read and write In 1836, Frederick and other slaves attempt to escape from the Freeland plantation They failed and were sent to jail Frederick was almost beaten to death by a group of shipmen he had been working with as a ship caulker for Mr. William Gardner Thomas Auld bailed him out and sent him back to Hugh Auld
Escape On September 3, 1838, Douglass successfully escaped slavery using a sailor’s “ protection papers”, documents certifying the holder to be a free man On September 4th he arrived in New York City and to avoid being captured, changes his name to Frederick Johnson
Douglass, not sure of what to do or where to go, found refuge with Mr. David Ruggles
On December 5, 1846, Douglass’ friends buy his freedom from Thomas Auld In 1845, Douglass' Narrative was published and he moved to England NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS, AN AMERICAN SLAVE
BY: FREDERICK DOUGLASS Evolution Frederick Douglass was a continually strong writer.
Douglass began his writing career with his narrative He later began writing shorter speeches everyone opposing the idea of slavery Douglass, displayed his plethora of knowledge through all of his works.
“The unusual breadth of his knowledge, revealed in these speeches, strengthens that reputation: his addresses are liberally laced with biblical illustrations, allusions to Shakespeare, and references to history, both ancient and modern” (George, 1987).
Themes Worldliness vs. Holiness Education vs. Ignorance Enslavement vs. Freedom Treating people equally Not commiting sin Slaves were starved, kept like animals and even murdered Many slave owners would use religion as an outlet to commit these vicious crimes without reason "He that knowth his master's will, and doeth it not, shall be beaten with many stripes" (Douglass, 1845). Describing Master Thomas Auld use of religion as an excuse for his actions Douglass in Literature I believe that Frederick Douglass’ autobiography is considered an American Literature classic because of its truth. Frederick Douglass exposed the evils of slavery and how he was able to overcome them through will and education. Douglass was forced to overcome many difficult obstacles, but he was able to write a novel; an opportunity many slaves never even dreamed of. Douglass was one man of many, that spoke for his people and the wrongful treatment they received every day of their lives. Douglass also showed strength and intelligence continually throughout the novel. Many a times, he could have given up: realizing his reality as a slave, his altercation with Mr. Covey, and even being placed in jail. Douglass did not reveal significant details that occurred throughout his life, respecting those involved and keeping himself safe. If Douglass were to have revealed significant information, he may have been discovered and recaptured by his sickening masters. Douglass did not surrender to the imprisonment of slavery, but instead used his experiences to become a great writer and an even better man. Keeping a slave uneducated kept them happy and content Douglass' educated lead to realization and unhappiness “ [Douglass would] feel that learning to read had been a curse rather then a blessing.” Education changed Douglass' entire life Brutality Unfit conditions Wealth Happiness Equal Rights and Fair Treatment
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