Life and Times of Frederick Douglass

A biography of ex-slave and writer, Frederick Douglass.

This paper reviews the life and times of Frederick Douglass, one of the foremost leaders of the abolitionist movement, who fought to end slavery within the United States in the decades prior to the Civil War. The paper describes Douglass as a champion orator and writer and details how he championed the abolitionist efforts in a racist America. The paper discusses Douglass’ autobiography and how it shared his ultimate goal of personal evaluation and condemnation of a white supremacy society which used racism and religious hypocrisy to perpetuate subordination of black men and women.
Who could better understand and empathize with the human condition of a bonded slave than a 10 year veteran of slavery? Of all the abolitionists that have served history well in their clarity of the slave vs. free-man issue, who could better serve the movement than a self-educated mullato slave who suffered hunger, cold, brutality, human indignities and overall degradation in a pre-civil war society.
Frederick Douglass, champion orator, writer and the greatest lack leader of his time, championed the abolitionist efforts in a racist America by virtue of his rationalization that Christians in America profess their love of God whom they have not seen, but they hate their brother whom they have seen (Douglass 98). Being denied the right to kinship and thrust into human bondage as a child without shoes, trousers, jacket, bedding, and human nurturing, it is incredible that such a person could emerge to adulthood with such valuable tools as reading, writing, brilliant oratory skills and strength of character to reveal his sufferings in a world of white propaganda based on the Constitution that all men are created equal all white men that is (Douglass).”