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The Civil War was really a war between European-Americans Frederick Douglass Dream for Equality Abolition stopped Frederick Douglass dead in his tracks and forced him to reinvent himself He learned the hard central truth about abolition Once he learned what that truth was he was compelled to tell it in his speeches and writings even if it meant giving away the most secret truth about himself From then on he accepted abolition for what it was and rode the fates The truth he learned about abolition was that it was a white enterprise It was a fight between whites Blacks joined abolition only on sufferance They also joined at their own risks For a long time Douglass a man of pride and artfulness denied this fact For years there had been disagreements among many abolitionists Everyone had their own beliefs towards abolition There was especially great bitterness between Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison dating from the early 1850s when Douglass had repudiated Garrisonian Disunionism Garrisonians supported the idea of disunion Disunion would have relieved the North of responsibility for the sin of slavery It would have also ended the Norths obligation to enforce the fugitive slave law and encourage a greater exodus of fugitive slaves from the South 161162 Perry Douglass did not support this idea because it would not result in the complete abolition of slavery Blacks deserved just as much freedom as whites He believed that the South had committed treason and the Union must rebel by force if necessary Astonished by Garrisons thoughts Douglass realized that abolition was truly a war between whites Garrison and many others had failed to see the slaves as human beings Were blacks then supposed to be irretrievably black in a white world Where is the freedom and hope if all great things are privilege only to the whites Douglass
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