Freed From The Worse... At Last

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Seventy Five years after the United States constitution was written this country faced multiple changes that led to revolutionary times of war, protesting, and violence. State rights and slavery were key issues that separated the Northern states form the people of the south. Four people emerged as leaders at this time: Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and John Brown. Frederick Douglass was a man who thought all men should be treated equal, but according to the constitution at this time men were not created equal. Fredrick Douglass, a self- educated escaped slave, became an important leader in the fight against slavery. His beliefs reflected the original ideals written in the constitution that all men are created equal. Douglass’s ability to persuasively write and speak against the moral sin of slavery led to changes in the Federal Constitution, and the acceptance of equality for all men.
Frederick Douglass was a black American born a slave and once said, “The silver trump of freedom roused in my soul eternal wakefulness.” (Baker), which means that Douglass has always had an urge to stop slavery it was just a matter of time. Once he was old enough he freed from slavery and went to England. When Douglass came back to England he came back a free citizen. He wrote about civil rights and fought for the freedom of slaves. He brought the idea of a no slave country to the people of the United States in the mid and late eighteen hundreds. He grew up as a slave, taught himself to read and write and he saved money to escape from being a slave.
Two very important people during this time that took action in getting the slaves freed are, Harriet Tubman and John Brown. Frederick Douglass is different form Harriet Tubman focused more on getting the slaves out of the south and into free land. Douglass said, “Most that I have done and suffered in the service of our cause has been in public, and I have received much encouragement at every step of the way. You, on the other hand, have labored in a private way.” (A Long Lost Painting), Douglass was very appreciative of Harriet Tubman he saw her as a wonderful lady but, he wanted to free himself to prove that he didn’t need help to do it. John brown and Douglass worked together on many abolitionist movements, but brown wanted to use violence and Douglass didn’t really want to use violence. Brown wanted Douglass to join one of their rebellions, Douglass thought about it and then choose not to, because of that rebellion john brown and his...

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