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Frederick DouglasThe Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave was written by FrederickDouglass 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 Hebecame known as an eloquent speaker for the cause of the abolitionists Having himself been kept as aslave until he escaped from Maryland in 1838 he was able to deliver very impassioned speeches aboutthe role of the slave holders and the slaves Many Northerners tried to discredit his tales but no one wasever able to disprove his statements Frederick Douglass does offer a biased review of slavery as he was born into it yet even in hisbias he is able to detect and detail the differences in the slave holders cruelty and that to which he wassubjected From being whipped and humiliated daily a very severe whipping for being awkward101 to being able to find his own work and save some money I was able to command the highestwages given to the most experienced calkers 134 he is able to give the reader a more true picture ofslavery His poignant speeches raised the ire of many Northerners yet many still felt the slaves deservedtheir position in life Douglass for his own safety was urged to travel to England where he stayed andspoke until 1847 when he returned to the US to buy his freedom At that point he began to write anddistribute an anti-slavery newspaper called The North Star Not only did he present news to the slavesbut 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 tofight for the North Before during and after the war he continued his quest to free all the slaves Hebecame known as a fair and righteous man and was appointed as the US
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