When writing a thesis, you are making an argument about "how and why" Douglass was a successful abolitionist. The "what, when and where" are important but are background facts; the setting of your thesis - the intro you've written already. Your thesis needs to be more direct and specific.
Although Frederick Douglass understands that the only path to freedom, both for himself and fellow slaves, is through learning to read, write, and have an educational base to build on, he is at the same time disgusted with education because it causes him to understand the full extent of the horrors of slavery.
On the one hand, religion is a saving grace to many of the slaves and they take great joy in participating in religious activities, songs, and other forms of worship. On the other hand, there is a false form of Christianityone that is practiced by the white people.
This is the kind of religion or Christianity that says one thing, yet in practice does another—perfect hypocrisy. For this essay, examine using characters such as Mr.
Since he was one of the few ex-slaves who was given ample opportunity to speak publicly about his experiences, often to white audiences who were generally abolitionists this was also a way for him to get across the pure cruelty of slavery as an institution to a captive audience. Such a forum allowed him to speak directly to whites, particularly in the North, about what was happening in the South and the treatment the average slave was prone to.
For this essay, look for examples of how Douglass might have used stories of slavery to influence those involved in the Northern abolitionist movement. Another good starting point might be to look at ways Douglass compared whites with blacks in the south. Look at the bottom of the page to identify which edition of the text they are referring to.
The louder she screamed, the harder he whipped; and where the blood ran fastest, there he whipped the longest" They seldom come nearer to it than planting-time… A want of information concerning my own [birthday] was a source of unhappiness to me even during childhood.
The white children could tell their ages, I could not tell why I ought to be deprived of the same privilege" When I was there, she was a pious, warm, and tender-hearted woman. There was no sorrow or suffering for which she did not a tear…Slavery soon proved its ability to divest her of these heavenly qualities" If the lineal descendants of Ham are alone to be scripturally enslaved, it is certain that slavery at the south must soon become unscriptural…" I speak advisedly when I say this—that killing a slave, or any other colored person in Talbot County, Maryland, is not treated as a crime, either by the courts or the community" I was myself within the circle; so that I neither saw nor heard as those without might see or hear" Men and women, old and young, married and single, were ranked with horses, sheep and swine…all holding the same rank in the scale of being and were all subjected to the same narrow examination" Written by Himself ed.
John Blassingame Yale University Press, - An American slave by Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Introduction The Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass can be referred to as a memoir and writing about the abolitionist movement of the life of a former slave, Fredrick Douglass.
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, is unique because Douglass, an escaped slave with no formal education, wrote the entire account himself. As a result, Frederick Douglass is one of the originators of the uniquely American genre, the slave narrative. Thursday to The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, was the first of the three autobiographies that Frederick Douglass wrote himself.
It’s a story about slavery and the meaning of freedom of the antebellum America. SOURCE: Review of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, in Critical Essays on Frederick Douglass, edited by William L.
Andrews, G. K. Hall & Co., , pp. Mar 29, · Frederick Douglass was an escaped slave who became a prominent activist, author and public speaker. He became a leader in the abolitionist movement, which . Introduction Behind Frederick Douglass ' context, Douglass was a former slave who became one of the most successful abolitionist of the 19th century.
With his oratorical appeals, in , Douglass delivered a speech that changed the views of millions over the Fourth of July.