Post #21 Frederick Douglass

Of the abolitionists in the film that we watched, Frederick Douglass was the only former slave. He was the only abolitionist who had truly experienced first hand the horror of slavery. In fact, Frederick Douglass witnessed the whipping and beating of his mother at only six years old. Frederick Douglass was seen as rebellious to his slaveholder who sent him to a man named Covey who was nick-named “the slave breaker” in order to keep him in check. Covey was brutal and would beat Douglass regularly, however, one day Douglass retaliated. Douglass protected himself and was able to essentially pacify Covey. Covey never beat Douglass again and he could not let it be known that he had been retaliated against because he could not risk his reputation as “the slave-breaker.” Eventually, Frederick Douglass escaped and began his own anti-slavery newspaper called the North Star. This is symbolic of how the star could lead the slaves North to their freedom. Frederick Douglass was successful in his abolitionist ventures. Although he took less radical views than some abolitionists such as John Brown, Douglass was successful in advocating for freedom of slaves through political means. He was a instrumental part of the Emancipation Proclamation because he personally advocated for it to President Abraham Lincoln.

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