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An Analysis of Frederick Douglass' Influence in the Understanding of the African American History
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Kealan African-American History Mid-Term Paper Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in 1817 in Tuckahoe Maryland The exact date of his birth is not known but he adopted February 14th as his birthday He knew very little about his mother because she worked as a field hand on a plantation a few miles away Douglass did not know his father but it was rumored that he was the son of a white slave master Douglass lived a difficult childhood and was often mistreated He was sent to Baltimore in 1825 to serve as a houseboy for Hugh and Sophia Auld Mrs Auld grew so enamored of the young boy that she began to teach him to read and write As Douglass began to learn more about the evils of slavery his hatred of the institution continued prosper When Mr Auld died in 1832 Frederick was passed on to Thomas Auld Auld tried to break the spirit of young Frederick so he hired Edward Covey to work and beat him mercilessly Douglass endured this mistreatment until one day he fought back Shortly after that Douglass met Anna Murray and fell in love with her He then became more determined to be a free man Disguised as a sailor Douglass escaped to New York City He met a man named David Ruggles an Abolitionist who took Douglass under his wing and set up his marriage The couple then moved to New Bedford Massachusetts McFeely Douglass began to attend Anti-Slavery meetings and became a compelling force in the abolitionist movement A man of moral authority Douglass developed into a charismatic public speaker William Lloyd Garrison recognized this and made him speaker for the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society His towering stature emanated strength and dignity which gave him a commanding presence He showed such great mastery of the English language that many people began to question whether he was ever really a slave at all Douglass removed
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