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Fredrick Douglass vs Ben Franklin The world is not fair People get hurt on a daily basis good people get hurt Recently thousands of lives were lost in a savage attack on the World Trade Center buildings in New York City Although humans may not be able to answer the question why do good people get hurt people earn more about what is happening and try to prevent it To do this it is one must read about the fascisms of the past Two good places to start are two autobiographies written by Fredrick Douglas and Ben Franklin Each novel Fredrick Douglas an American Slave and The Autobiography Ben Franklin tells a story about these two mens incredible journeys Despite their difference in time Fredrick Douglass and Ben Franklin both share an active interest in educating themselves and escaping the fascism of an oppressive society or overpowering family In order to understand the reason for any kind of oppression be it slavery or a brutal brother one must look past a persons life and to the society of the time For instance Fredrick Douglas who lived in the 1800s may not have experienced the same problems in the time that Ben Franklin lived in the 1700s and vice versa This is due to the thinking of the time such as who is president what are the norms during that era and what actions are taking place in the area First take a look at Fredrick Douglas life He was born in February 1818 and passed away in 1895 During the span of his life was the peak of the slavery era however the abolitionist movement was just beginning Ben Franklin on the other hand lived from 1706 to 1790 During his life span the new world was still being built and many new things were being discovered In addition while slavery did exist the masses did not have strong opposing view on the issue as
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