Frederick am I called upon to speak here today?
Frederick Douglass was born February 1817, and born into slavery. He was separated at a young age from his mother and he never knew who his father was. At that time slaves were not aloud to have an education, but the man who owned him Hugh Auld his wife taught Douglass how to read and write. Douglass then began to teach other slaves and over forty slaves attended his lessons every week. He tried to escape slavery twice he didn’t succeed until 1838. He had a good idea to head north with his wife Ann More, but they truly got married on September 15th 1838. He wanted to meet Harriet Tubman as a free man because he admired her. He made a plan to ride a train from Baltimore to Pennsylvania with his wife. But he didn’t have “free papers” so he got a fisherman license so he could travel north on a train. After he escaped he went to massachusetts and started going abolitionist meetings.Douglass would speak about his time in slavery,he then became an orator. He was also the agent for massachusetts in anti-slavery society. He spoke to people in the north and midwest. He went overseas to England,Ireland and Scotland so he could not be re enslaved,and he sold copies of his narrative. After a while he went back to the United States a free man after some abolitionists offered to buy his freedom. When he got home he found his family in New York, and he embraced the woman’s right march, he helped people with the underground railroad, and supported anti-slavery political parties. In 1855 he bought his own printing press and made his own newspaper called North Star. He also published his second autobiography. In his time he gave some speeches,like the one on the fourth of July in 1852. Part of the speech is as following:Fellow citizens, pardon me, and allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here today? What have I or those I represent to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us? And am I, therefore, called upon to bring our humble offering to the national altar, and to confess the benefits, and express devout gratitude for the blessings resulting from your independence to us?Would to God, both for your sakes and ours, that an affirmative answer could be truthfully returned to these questions. Then would my task be light, and my burden easy and delightful. For who is there so cold that a nation’s sympathy could not warm him? Who so obdurate and dead to the claims of gratitude, that would not thankfully acknowledge such priceless benefits? Who so stolid and selfish that would not give his voice to swell the hallelujahs of a nation’s jubilee, when the chains of servitude had been torn from his limbs? I am not that man. In a case like that, the dumb might eloquently speak, and the “lame man leap as an hart.”And another is on July fifth while he was talking to the president.Mr. President, Friends and Fellow Citizens: He who could address this audience without a quailing sensation, has stronger nerves than I have. I do not remember ever to have appeared as a speaker before any assembly more shrinkingly, nor with greater distrust of my ability, than I do this day. A feeling has crept over me, quite unfavorable to the exercise of my limited powers of speech. The task before me is one which requires much previous thought and study for its proper performance. I know that apologies of this sort are generally considered flat and unmeaning. I trust, however, that mine will not be so considered. Should I seem at ease, my appearance would much misrepresent me. The little experience I have had in addressing public meetings, in country schoolhouses, avails me nothing on the present occasion. When he joined he was asked to share his story as a slave and how he got free. As an abolitionist leader,he told Abraham Lincoln it would be good to have former slaves fight for the north and made two African American regiments in Massachusetts. After a while he started telling his story all across Massachusetts and while he did that the white people in the anti-slavery society though he should just tell his story no matter the racism he got from the north. He also argued that the constitution is not a “pro slavery document”he would argue that the constitution says all people are equal. Frederick Douglass is the most famous abolitionist and the most famous African American in that era. He had several quotes that many people followed such as “If there is no struggle then there is no progress” or “Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave” (brainyquote.com). He was a world renown abolitionist leader and kept giving speeches all across the US. People still wonder why he became a writer but one thing they did know is he believed that everyone is equal and everybody should be able to learn. Frederick Douglass always loved to learn and that became a good asset for him and others. He even served under five presidents 1877-1881. In 1882 his wife Ann died from a stroke, he later re-married and in 1895 at the age of 77 he died of a heart attack while walking to give a speech at a church. Douglass had a good run and left great things for future generations. He helped a lot in shaping America and will not be forgotten about for many decades. Frederick Douglass’s real name is Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey but he changed it after he escaped slavery. He was a good person especially in the conditions he lived in. He is a famous man and will not be forgotten for many decades he is one of the most famous African Americans in the history of the US. He did a lot and he, could have stopped but because he believed everyone is equal he kept going and he helped stop slavery and worked alongside of five presidents.