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narrative-of-the-life-of-frederick-douglass-frederick-douglassFrederick DouglassEscapes slavery; becomes freeWilliam FreelandDouglass's fairest slaveholder; follows CoveyCaptain AnthonyDouglass's first slaveholder and possible fatherHugh AuldDouglass's second slaveholder; teaches him a trade and takes his moneySophia AuldTeaches Douglass to readEdward CoveyDouglass's slaveholder after Auld; punishes tough enslaved peopleMain CharactersSymbolsA Person Deserves His FreedomTHEMESFrederick Douglass1845EnglishNonfictionAuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageNarrative of the Lifeof Frederick DouglassAutobiographyBooksSymbolize Douglass's thirst for knowledge and how slaveholders kept enslaved people illiterate to keep them powerlessShipsSymbolize the longing for freedom Douglass feelsDouglass, Chapter 6he argument...against my learning to read, only served to inspire me with a desire and determination to learn.Douglass's age when he first attempted to escape to freedom17Amount paid for Douglass's freedom in 1846 $711.66Years Douglass published an antislavery newspaper in Rochester, New York13Narrative of the Lifeof Frederick Douglassby the NumbersWhipsSymbolize the harsh discipline used by slaveholders to enforce their rules and controlSlavery & ReligionChesapeake BayBorn enslaved, Douglass is struck by the disconnect between the cruelty of slaveholders and the religion they purport to follow. 1EducationBaltimoreSent to a family in Baltimore, Douglass learns to read and is galvanized by discovering the abolitionist movement.2FreedomNew YorkAfter years of enslavement, Douglass is finally able to escape, beginning a new life as a prominent abolitionist speaker and writer.3Perhaps the most important African American leader of the 19th century, Douglass served several slaveholders in his native Maryland. In his 20s he escaped to the North and bought his freedom, becoming an eloquent abolitionist, an adviser to President Abraham Lincoln, and U.S. minister to Haiti.FREDERICK DOUGLASS1818–1895AuthorEnslaved Person/SlaveholderTeacher/StudentHusband/Wife123Set in Maryland during the 1830s and 1840s, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass details the horrible injustices of slavery and the author's burning desire for freedom. Learning how to read made freedom the only option for Douglass. Ultimately, he escaped slavery and became a leading orator of the abolitionist movement.Copyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Frederick Douglass Heritage, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Harvard,, Humanities and Social Sciences Net Online, National Park Service, PBS, New York Times, University of North Carolina, Wall Street Journal

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