––––Frederick Douglass was born into bondage, but with a lifetime of work became the most influential abolitionists and authors of the 1800’s. Douglass’s early life consisted of moving and going to different masters. When Douglass finally escaped his bondage, he spent his time talking about his life as a slave at abolitionist conventions. Later on Douglass wrote autobiographies explaining his life as a slave. Frederick Douglass was an influential abolitionist who did everything in his power to abolish slavery.
––––Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was born sometime in February of 1818 at Holms Hill farm in Tuckahoe, Maryland. He is quoted as saying, “I do not remember to have ever met a ...view middle of the document...
Frederick Douglass said in his biography, “I didn’t know I was a slave until I found out I couldn’t do the things I wanted.” (Gutenburg.org)
––––In order for Douglass to keep learning how to read and write, he would ask white children he met while running errands to help him read a book that he carried around with him. When Douglass was 12 years old, he owned a book called “The Columbian Orator,” where he learned the meaning of emancipation. Douglass then realizes that he has seen and learned too much causing reality to finally sink in. Douglass later says, “Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.”
“If there is one quote that I would select to represent this excerpt as a whole, it would be when Douglass exclaimed, “As I read and contemplated the subject, behold! That very discontentment which Master Hugh had predicted would follow my learning to read had already come, to torment and sting my soul to unutterable
anguish”(Douglass, 192). This is Douglass' epiphany, and marks the turning point for his loss of innocence. It is here where the reality of the world comes crashing down upon him.” (Blogspot.com)
Douglass decides that he needs to run away from his life of slavery, but realizing he is too young he doesn’t do so until later on.
––––Frederick Douglass escaped slavery in September 3, 1838. Douglass disguised himself as a sailor while escaping to Philadelphia from Baltimore. Like every African American passenger, Douglass had to show his “free...