Resource Bank Contents John Brown was a man of action -- a man who would not be deterred from his mission of abolishing slavery.
Frederick Douglass had many achievements throughout his life. Douglass was born a slave inin Maryland. He educated himself and became determined to escape the atrocities of slavery. Douglass attempted to escape slavery once, but failed. He later made a successful escape in His fleeing brought him to New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Here, he showed himself to be a great speaker. Douglass became involved with many important abolitionist causes, both through his literary works, and also through activities such as the Underground Railroad, and also his role in organizing a regiment of former slaves to fight in the Civil War for the Union army.
Due to the Fugitive Slave Laws, Douglass became in danger of being captured and returned to slavery. He left America, and stayed in the British Isles.
There he lectured on slavery, and gained the respect of many people, who raised money to purchase his freedom. Here he also began the abolitionist newspaper North Star, which he edited until In this time period, Douglass became friends with another well known American abolitionist, John Brown.
Douglass declined to participate in such activities. He fled, once again, to Europe, fearing that his association with John Brown might threaten him. Frederick Douglass had many other achievements, mainly political, before dying inin Washington, D.
Through slavery, Douglass was able to develop the necessary emotion and experiences for him to become a successful abolitionist writer. Douglass grew up as a slave, experiencing all of the hardships that are included, such as whippings, inadequate meals, and other harsh treatment.
His thirst for freedom, and his burning hatred of slavery caused him to write Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass, and other similar biographies. The main motivational force behind his character himself was to make it through another day so that someday he might see freedom.
These books all start with Douglass coping with slavery.
Frederick Douglass also had a reason to write these works. As a die-hard abolitionist, Douglass wanted to show the world how bad slavery really was. He did this very well, because he made many people understand the unknown, and made abolitionists out of many people.
This man had a cause, as well as a story to tell. Douglass, as a former slave, single-handedly redefined American Civil War literature, simply by redefining how antislavery writings were viewed.
There were other narratives written by former slaves, but none could live up to the educated, realistic accounts of slavery by Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass is well known for many of his literary achievements. He is best known, now, as a writer.May 07, · A new biography by David Reynolds examines the abolitionist's life and his cultural impact.
Biography Explores John Brown's Legacy. Listen. . John Brown Abolitionist John Brown was a white American abolitionist who believed armed insurrection was the only way to overthrow the institution of slavery in the United States.
John Brown - Advocated and practiced armed insurrection as a means to abolish slavery. John Brown is an American enigma.
His life presents a serious challenge to a simple black and white interpretation of ethics, history, and by extrapolation, even current events/5. A moving cultural biography of abolitionist martyr John Brown, by one of the most important African-American intellectuals of the twentieth century.
In the history of slavery and its legacy, John Brown looms large as a hero whose deeds partly precipitated the Civil War.5/5(2). Books. John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights By David S.
Reynolds This biography by the prize-winning cultural historian brings to life the controversial anti-slavery martyr who used terrorist tactics against slavery and single-handedly changed the course of American history.
An authoritative new examination of John Brown and his deep impact on American regardbouddhiste.comft Prize-winning cultural historian David S. Reynolds presents an informative and richly considered new exploration of the paradox of a man steeped in the Bible but .