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The Narrative of Frederick Douglass and Its Effects on the Abolitionists Frederick Douglass The Narrative of Frederick Douglass was targeted toward the Northern Abolitionists Being categorized as both a slave narrative and a novel full of emotional circumstances Frederick Douglass succeeds in overwhelming the reader with sympathy and compassion for both himself and his fellow brethren 64 Frederick Douglass utilizes family relationships in order to enable the reader to experience the very definition of empathy starting with his birth and childhood proceeding to the value of the basic family unit continuing with the irreverence toward the treatment of elders and concluding by demonstrating that slaves were treated as if they were on the same level as farm animals Frederick Douglass presents family relationships starting at birth and progressing into childhood so that he may successfully solicit the readers feelings toward slavery Douglass never knew the true identity of his father however it was whispered 2 among the slaves that it was his own master Douglass shows us how the slaveholder in numerous cases sustains to his slaves the double relation of master and father 2 This situation was so pedestrian that it was by law established that the children of women shall in cases follow the condition of their mother2 By this it meant that the bastard children were to be slaves despite their paternal heritage The northern society despised adultery and interracial relationships therefore this law startled and aggravated the morals of the conservative northern whites Douglass inaugurated the value of a basic family unit and the reliance and trust that one has in their family Douglass and his mother were separated by his master when he was an infant for what purpose Douglass doesnt know 2 Douglass had never been given a reason for it was the accepted way of life on plantations Douglass showed his northern audience the abhorrent ways in which slave families
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