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Unformatted text preview: Sheet1 Page 1 Frederick Douglass' Name & the Duality of His Nature Frederick Douglass was an emancipated slave who passed from one master to another until he finally found the satisfaction of being his own least as far back as 1701 (FD, 5) was Bailey, the name he bore until his flight to freedom in 1838. His father may not have been a white man named Anthony, but Douglass never firmly validated or rejected this possibility. Durin to New York (where he became a freedman) his name became Stanley, and upon arrival he changed it again to J In New Bedford, where there were too many Johnson's, he found it necessary to change it once more, and his fin choice was Douglass, taken, as suggested to him by a white friend and benefactor, from a story by Sir Walter Sc (although the character in that story bore only a single 's' in his name). All throughout, he clung to Frederick, to 'p a sense of my identity' (Norton, 1988). This succession of names is illustrative of the transformation undergone b returning from the world of the dead, which in a sense is what the move from oppression to liberty is. Frederick D not only underwent a transformation but, being intelligent and endowed with the gift of Voice, he brought back wit sharp perspective on the blights of racism and slavery. Dropped into America during the heat of reform as he was appearance on the scene of debate, upon his own self-emancipation, was a valuable blessing for the abolitionists struggles so far, there had been many skilled arguers but few who could so convincingly portray the evils of slave act which seemed to demand little short of firsthand experience, but which also required a clear understanding of...
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