Frederick Douglass



Frederick Douglass\'s writings reflected many American views that were influenced
by national division. Douglass was a very successful abolitionist who changed America\'s
views of slavery through his writings and actions. Frederick Douglass had many
achievements throughout his life. Douglass was born a slave in 1817, in Maryland. He
educated himself and became determined to escape the atrocities of slavery. Douglass
attempted to escape slavery once, but failed. He later made a successful escape in 1838.
His fleeing brought him to New Bedford, Massachusetts. Douglass\'s abolitionist career
began at an antislavery convention at Nantucket, Massachusetts. Here, he showed himself
to be a great speaker. Douglass became involved with many important abolitionist causes,
both through his literary works, and also through activities such as the Underground
Railroad, and also his role in organizing a regiment of former slaves to fight in the Civil
War for the Union army. Due to the Fugitive Slave Laws, Douglass became in danger of
being captured and returned to slavery. He left America, and stayed in the British Isles.
There he lectured on slavery, and gained the respect of many people, who raised money to
purchase his freedom. In 1847, Douglass relocated to Rochester, New York, and became
the person in charge of the Underground Railroad. Here he also began the abolitionist
newspaper North Star, which he edited until 1860.

In this time period, Douglass became friends with another well known American
abolitionist, John Brown. Brown was involved with the Underground Railroad, and later
wanted Douglass to join him on terroristic attacks on a United States government arsenal
at Harper\'s Ferry. Douglass declined to participate in such activities. He fled, once again,
to Europe, fearing that his association with John Brown might threaten him. He returned
after several months, and aided in Abraham Lincoln\'s campaign for president. Frederick
Douglass had many other achievements, mainly political, before dying in 1895, in
Washington, D. C.

Frederick Douglass\'s life as a slave had the greatest impact on his writings.
Through slavery, Douglass was able to develop the necessary emotion and experiences for
him to become a successful abolitionist writer. Douglass grew up as a slave, experiencing
all of the hardships that are included, such as whippings, inadequate meals, and other harsh
treatment. His thirst for freedom, and his burning hatred of slavery caused him to write
Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass, and other similar biographies. In Narrative
Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass, Douglass wrote the complete story of his miserable
life as a slave and his strife to obtain freedom. The main motivational force behind his
character (himself) was to make it through another day so that someday he might see
freedom. The well written books that he produced were all based on his life as was
Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass. These books all start with Douglass
coping with slavery. Frederick Douglass also had a reason to write these works. As a
die-hard abolitionist, Douglass wanted to show the world how bad slavery really was. He
did this very well, because he made many people understand the unknown, and made
abolitionists out of many people. This man had a cause, as well as a story to tell.
Douglass, as a former slave, single-handedly redefined American Civil War literature,
simply by redefining how antislavery writings were viewed. There were other narratives
written by former slaves, but none could live up to the educated, realistic accounts of
slavery by Frederick Douglass.

Frederick Douglass is well known for many of his literary achievements. He is best
known, now, as a writer. As a writer, Frederick Douglass shined. As a speaker, Frederick
Douglass was the best. There was no abolitionist, black or white, that was more respected
for his speaking skills.

So impressive were Frederick Douglass\'s oratorical and intellectual abilities
that opponents refused to believe that he had been a slave and alleged that he
was an impostor foistered on the public by the abolitionists. In reply,
Douglass wrote Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass, An American
Slave (1845) , which he revised in later years; in final form, it appeared in
1882 under the title Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (Quarles,
Benjamin, Microsoft Encarta).

One must not overlook Frederick Douglass\'s oratory skills when looking at his
literary career; however, it is Douglass\'s form which left the largest impact on Civil War
time period literature. Douglass\'s most significant autobiographical works include:
Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave; My Bondage And My
Freedom; and Life And Times Of Frederick Douglass. These three