Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass - Frederick Douglass 1818-1895 Emerson...

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Frederick Douglass 1818-1895 Emerson and Thoreau transcendentalist new sense of possibility; a new beginning,  like Romantic writers felt in England o America has gone through first economic depression  o Fracturing over slavery *Slave Narrative* o Not usually in English; not seen as American literature; would see it in a  history book  o Autobiographical work o 1760-1947 200 book length narratives (6,000 total) o 1798 1 st  notable novel Equiano o 1831 Confessions of Nat Turner o Themes: Sympathy – didactic; feel sorry for us Christian – could slavery be defended, previously manipulated to  “prove” slavery Dominant white society – question slavery in attempts to get white  society Cruelty – the institution itself; how it turned humans into animals o Written with didactic purpose o Aimed to black readers but also to a white audience o Question the institute of slavery o Influences: The Bible Sermons Devotional Books Trying to take the audiences Christianity and wants them to question  themselves.  Is this really the Christian way? o
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2008 for the course ENG 316K taught by Professor Kruppa during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas.

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Frederick Douglass - Frederick Douglass 1818-1895 Emerson...

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