Frederick Douglas

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Frederick Douglass thought of the Civil War as an unnecessary way of ending slavery but also thought of it as a great opportunity to end it. Douglass once said," In order to be free themselves must strike the blow." Here he is saying that you must participate and fight for your beliefs in order to earn them. He was turned over to enlist African-American's from the North of New York as soldiers to fight for their freedoms. Frederick Douglass has taken a major part in the freedom of the slaves of the South.

Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was born a free slave in Maryland in 1818 and was named after his mother Harriet Bailey. As a child, he played in the forest near his Grandmothers home. Douglass' mother worked all day in cornfields by their home. Douglass' Grandmother, Betsy Bailey, watched Frederick until he was capable of working on his own.

When Douglass and his grandmother set out to travel to the Lloyd Plantation, Douglass met his sisters, Eliza, Sarah and his brother, Perry. When Frederick realized that he would now live the life of a slave, he felt fear and sadness. Later on he would realize the hardships of winter and the scarce amount of food given to them. Douglass also remembered being introduced to the punishment of the whip, which was given by the plantation owners. The last time Douglass saw his mother was when he was seven because of the long trip from the plantation to their home. While Douglass lived on with the slavery, he dreamed of the time when he wouldn't have to deal with the hardships of slavery.

After fleeing from slavery, Douglass went and was involved in government positions. William Llyod Garrison, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, John Brown, and Gerrit Smith were some of...