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Frederick Douglass The narrative written by Frederick Douglass about his life had an immense impact in the community of the 1800's because he openly talks about his hardships and successes as a slave. His narrative describes all the pain that a slave suffered, which gives him a power to connect with the reader, since his writing is filled with emotion. It was an important piece for the abolitionism movement, which was a long battle that many had to work to free all of those African Americans that long suffered in the hands of those who considered them less than human. The narrative led Douglass to became one of the most important members of the abolitionist
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movement and also one of the most known African American writer of all times. However, it is possible to argue that although Douglass was born a slave and had many years of his life dominated by this evil, his experience cannot be considered a typical example of the institution of slavery. Dougless could be considered an atypical slave because he was able to read and write, he did not have to work in the most arduous positions that could be given to a slave and he was fortunate in his attempt to escape slavery and become a free man. Before explaining why Douglass experience was not necessarily a reference with the institution of slavery, it is important to talk about
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his life. He was born Tuckahoe, Maryland and he had no knowledge of his age, which was very common among slave children. His mother was Harriet Bailey, but Douglass was never really close to her, since this was not encouraged by masters because they did not want mothers to have a bond with their children. In one passage Douglass talks about how unconnected he was with his mother by saying: "I received the tiding of her death with the much same emotions I should have felt the death of a stranger" (Douglass 49). His childhood went on, he lived in a plantation and was taken care by an old slave woman. Then, when he was about seven years old, he was sent to Baltimore to work in the house of a
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family member of his master. It was there that his life would change, since his world was greatly expanded as he
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