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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Study Guide by Course Hero What's Inside j Book Basics 1 ................................................................................................. d In Context 1 ..................................................................................................... a Author Biography 2 ..................................................................................... h Characters 3 .................................................................................................. k Plot Summary 6 ............................................................................................. c Chapter Summaries 11 ............................................................................... g Quotes 23 ........................................................................................................ l Symbols 24 ..................................................................................................... m Themes 25 ....................................................................................................... e Suggested Reading 26 .............................................................................. j Book Basics AUTHOR Frederick Douglass YEAR PUBLISHED 1845 GENRE Autobiography PERSPECTIVE AND NARRATOR Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is told from a first- person point of view. This perspective allows Douglass to share his deep and honest emotions about his experiences with slavery. TENSE Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is told in the past tense. d In Context Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass was published in 1845. Douglass had been speaking about his experiences since 1841, when he was first employed by William Lloyd Garrison as an abolitionist speaker for the American Anti-Slavery Society. Abolitionist Movement The abolitionist movement in the United States began to take shape in the late eighteenth century, when activists began lobbying to end the foreign slave trade in the United States. Though this goal was accomplished in 1808, the practice of slavery continued on American shores, particularly in the South. Beginning around the early 1830s abolitionists mobilized once again, focusing this time on ending the practice of slavery outright. Many Americans in the North and South viewed the abolitionists as radicals. Other groups argued for slavery to be ended but were willing to accept that emancipation would be a gradual process. The abolitionists wanted immediate, unconditional emancipation and strove to appeal to the individual American's conscience. They employed people who worked as missionaries to create local antislavery societies throughout the country. These local societies formed the American Anti- Slavery Society, which had nearly a quarter of a million
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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Study Guide Author Biography 2 Copyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc. members by 1838, mostly in the Northeast. The society's activities often attracted violent responses from people hostile to their message. By the 1840s, when Douglass became involved with the movement, the group had splintered into various factions. The faction with which Douglass associated was led by Garrison. William Lloyd Garrison Garrison began publishing the abolitionist newspaper the Liberator in 1831. The majority of the paper's readers were free African Americans. Garrison also wrote a book on the topic called Thoughts on African Colonization . It inspired many people to join him in calling for the immediate abolition of slavery. Douglass became a reader of the Liberator shortly after he moved to New Bedford, Massachusetts. Garrison, one of 60 delegates who founded the American Anti- Slavery Society, believed slavery was a sin that must be abolished immediately. In the 1840s Garrison became convinced that a revolutionary change was needed in American spiritual values if emancipation was to be achieved.
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