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A Biography and Life Work of Frederick Douglass, an African American Orator and Author of the 19th Century
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Frederick Douglass was a famous African American orator and author of the 19th century He was born as a slave and became one of the most important figures of the abolitionist movement Frederick Douglass believed that slavery was the great sin and shame of America a country that he truly lovedDouglass was most famous for his fiery speeches addressed to white Americans and free black men but was also an author of magazine and newspaper articles books and essays He was also the editor of two periodicals Frederick Douglass was basically self-educated After learning that his learning to read and write was so strongly protested by his master he started to believe that education was the key to his freedom He would pay his poor white playmates for reading lessons with bread With anytime that he had for himself he would read and writeWhen Frederick Douglass spoke he did not care about what people would be offended or if someone would like not like him after it He spoke with a clear and harsh voice that more often than not got his point across His speeches could be compared to those of the 18th century Puritan minister Jonathan Edwards Douglass talked of how people were disregarding the Bible and the Constitution by agreeing with the principles of slavery One of Douglass most famous speeches The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro contains all of these named characteristics Many people doubted that Frederick was ever a slave because he was so well educated To disprove his critics he wrote his first autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass which told about his experiences as a slave Published in May 1845 the book quickly became a best seller in the North European editions also sold well Later in 1881 he published he most famous work It was another autobiography called The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass This book also dealt with his
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