Frederick Douglass was an African- American who rose up against slavery. Throughout his life, Douglass worked to achieve justice and equality for all. At a young age Frederick was taught how to read and write. Mrs. Auld his mistress at that time "commenced to teach him [me] the A, B, C" (Douglass 20). This first step led Douglass to write his own book but moreover find his own freedom. Frederick's preaching and teaching the Sabbath brought the attention of many Africans. He voiced those that have unequal rights, those who did not have a penny to spend, and to those who worked day and night to earn almost what was nothing. The value of equality in Frederick set other individuals to impel the same values. During one of his moves to a new owner, he encounters a physical altercation with his master, where instead of getting a punishment, Frederick seizes him "with both hands by his collar" (Douglass 43). This boosted his self- esteem and confidence, Frederick felt like a new man with actual power and rights. Never again did Mr. Covey, his owner, touch him again showing a sense of aggressiveness and a taste of freedom. Frederick's Sunday school teachings helped realize the sick idea of slavery. Through the faith of Christianity, Frederick preached about the white folks that physically and mentally damage the African- American folks. Douglass talks about how he "hates the corrupt, slave holding women-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of this land" (Douglass appendix). The values of expression hold within this teaching, he showed the world how he felt about slavery. Frederick's value of determination, balance, expressiveness and freedom encourages others to also learn his values. Frederick Douglass was clearly able to change the national set of values through his confidence and words of wisdom by working to abolish slavery. His actions helped many reach their desired dream of freedom.
The Anti- Slavery Newspaper
Frederick Douglass was in the Slavery Abolition Act in 1833. He fought to end slavery. In this anti- slavery newspaper written in the 1840's by Douglass himself, Frederick voices the Africans- Americans and the death tolls due to slavery. This encourages other slaves to reach their desire for freedom even more. They were not happy to hear their own race being threatened and killed for small reasons. They were also sick of following their owners. Their values were soon shifted into fighting for freedom and justice.
This website above will bring you to a documentary about Frederick Douglass. The documentary gives a short biography of Douglass, explaining the cruel setting back when slavery was around and the role he played.
This picture on the right was once a plantation where Frederick worked as a slave. it represents a figure he was victorious over in ending slavery however It still has an imprint of his African culture.