Douglass and Franklin Autobiographies

Examines and compares the autobiographies of two Americans, Frederick Douglass and Benjamin Franklin.

Both Frederick Douglass and Benjamin Franklin offer autobiographies that provide insight into the very heart and soul of the men. Frederick Douglass was never more artfully subtle or persuasive than in “Narrative of the Life of an American Slave.” The religious slave owners, according to Douglass, attested “that God cursed Ham, and therefore American slavery is right.” Franklin’s autobiography is undoubtedly his best-known single work and part one, which reads like an eighteenth-century picaresque narrative, is undoubtedly its most interesting part. 6 pgs.