My Friend Doug

My Friend Doug

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  • Frederick Douglass was born in 1818 and was born into slavery on a plantation. He had to face slavery every single day and night. He was whipped by men, who treated Frederick as if he was an animal. Frederick was miserable and was always thinking about his freedom. Growing up, Frederick was separated from his mother because she worked on a different plantation. Throughout the first 7 years of Frederick’s life, he had only seen his mother four or five times. If his mother wanted to hold him she would get whipped immediately. Since he did not see his mother that much growing up, when she died he did not feel anything as if she was a stranger to him.
  • One day Frederick Douglass was chosen to work for the Auld’s. He got on a cart and waited anxiously to meet Mrs and Mr. Auld. As Frederick Douglass got the first glimpse of the Auld’s he noticed that Mr. Auld seemed confident and sure of himself. When Douglass looked at Mrs. Auld, Douglass noticed that she seemed tender-hearted and that she had a warm smile. He also had gotten a glimpse of their son who was hiding behind Mr. and Mrs. Auld. Mrs. Auld had soon grown a liking to young Frederick and started teaching him how to read and write. Soon enough, Mr. Auld had found out about Mrs. Auld teaching Douglas. Mr. Auld quickly shut it down and she stopped teaching Douglass. Mrs. Auld soon became a slave owner and became an even harsh slave owner than her husband was. She was not nice and tender-hearted anymore. She had completely changed and she despised Douglass. Later, Douglass had found other ways to get smarter. He soon gave white boys on the street bread in return for knowledge.
  • Many years later, Frederick Douglass escaped to NYC and then New Bedford, Massachusetts after working in Baltimore as a ship caulker. Frederick wrote his autobiography, “Life and Times Of Frederick Douglass.” His Biography inspired many Americans. During the civil war, Frederick Douglass became a consultant to Abraham Lincoln, advocating that former slaves be armed for the north. William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglass formed a partnership that would last a decade and forever change the abolitionist movement. Throughout the stages of their extraordinary alliance, anti-slavery mobilization was accelerated. Frederick Douglass also believed that the war was a direct confrontation with slavery because it was not allowed for black people to be in the war. As a result, Abraham Lincoln passed the law that black people were allowed to be in the war. During the reconstruction, Frederick Douglass fought for full civil rights for freedmen and also supported the women's rights movements. Frederick Douglass’s goal was to end all racial discrimination and segregation.
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