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Frederick Douglass Dream for Equality Abolition stopped Frederick Douglass dead in his tracksand forced him to reinvent himself He learned the hard central truth aboutabolition Once he learned what that truth was he was compelled to tellit in his speeches and writings even if it meant giving away the most secrettruth about himself From then on he accepted abolition for what it wasand rode the fates The truth he learned about abolition was that it was awhite enterprise It was a fight between whites Blacks joined abolitiononly on sufferance They also joined at their own risks For a long timeDouglass a man of pride and artfulness denied this fact For years there had been disagreements among manyabolitionists Everyone had their own beliefs towards abolition There wasespecially great bitterness between Douglass and William Lloyd Garrisondating from the early 1850s when Douglass had repudiated GarrisonianDisunionism Garrisonians supported the idea of disunion Disunion wouldhave relieved the North of responsibility for the sin of slavery It wouldhave also ended the Norths obligation to enforce the fugitive slavelaw and encourage a greater exodus of fugitive slaves from the South 161162Perry Douglass did not support this idea because it would not result inthe complete abolition of slavery Blacks deserved just as much freedom aswhites He believed that the South had committed treason and the Union mustrebel by force if necessary Astonished by Garrisons thoughts Douglassrealized that abolition was truly a war between whites Garrison and manyothers had failed to see the slaves as human beings Were blacks then supposed to be irretrievably black ina white world Where is the freedom and hope if all great things are privilegeonly to the whites Douglass resolved never again to risk himself to betrayalTroubled Douglass did not lose faith in his beliefs of abolishing slaveryHowever he did reinvent his thinking Douglass eventually made his way with what amounted tothe applied ideas of Alexis de Tocqueville and Fancis Grund both of whichwere writing at
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