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The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave was written by Frederick Douglass himself He was born into slavery in Tuckahoe Maryland in approximately 1817 He has no accurate knowledge of my age never having seen any authentic record containing it 47 He became known as an eloquent speaker for the cause of the abolitionists Having himself been kept as a slave until he escaped from Maryland in 1838 he was able to deliver very passionate speeches about the role of the slave holders and the slaves Many Northerners tried to discredit his tales but no one was ever able to disprove his statements Frederick Douglass does offer a biased review of slavery as he was born into it yet even in his bias he is able to detect and detail the differences in the slave holders cruelty and that to which he was subjected From being whipped and humiliated daily a very severe whipping for being awkward 101 to being able to find his own work and save some money I was able to command the highest wages given to the most experienced calkers 134 he is able to give the reader a more true picture of slavery His moving speeches raised the anger of many Northerners yet many still felt the slaves deserved their position in life Douglass for his own safety was urged to travel to England where he stayed and spoke until 1847 when he returned to the US to buy his freedom At that point he began to write and distribute an anti-slavery newspaper called The North Star Not only did he present news to the slaves but it was also highly regarded as a good source of information for those opposed to slavery During the Civil war Douglass organized two regiments of black soldiers in Massachusetts to fight for the North Before during and after the war he continued his quest to free all the slaves
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