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An Introduction to the Comparison of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
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MasterPuppet Prof T Elich USSOFinalpaper May 23 2005 This paper will compare and contrast the different experiences of two separate authors during the nineteenth and twentieth century in America The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass relates events that happened to him in the 19th century and how he overcame them Douglass went from a life of slavery to freedom and became a speaker and writer on the evils men commit against each other James Baldwin the author of The Fire Next Time shows changes and struggles that occurred over one hundred years after the Emancipation Proclamation declared Negroes free American Citizens Baldwin cannot understand why in a country characterized worldwide with freedom are white and black only color signs displayed 54-55 However there are two sides for the reasons of the social breakdown of unity among people in United States Douglass became a prominent world renowned speaker and writer on the abolition of slavery His speeches mainly focused on his first hand experiences as a southern slave He used Reverend Rigby Hopkins as an example to show the brutal treatment given by some religious leaders in the south who invented reasons to apply the whip to some slaves on Monday Douglass 47 Slave owners were impressed with the reputation of Mr Covey as a well trained-negro breaker and slave-driver after one year a slave would be returned to his owner fit for duty Douglass 344546 The audience was also engaged by his sense of humor when he told about breaking the slave breaker Edward Covey Douglass 42-43 However not all slave owners were brutal Mr Freeland was the best master Douglass had until he became
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