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Discuss Douglass' political importance in American History.

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shatekkah | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted May 5, 2011 at 8:28 AM via web

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Discuss Douglass' political importance in American History.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 5, 2011 at 7:43 PM (Answer #1)

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Douglass' political impact on American History can be seen in a couple of ways.  The most evident is his abolitionist stance.  Douglass was fervent in his belief that slavery had to be abolished and worked tirelessly on political and social levels to make this a reality.  Douglass' political stance on the issue was vitally important in helping to mold the hearts and minds of many Americans towards a nation that abolished slavery.  In speeches such as "What to the slave is the 4th of July?" and the evolution of his own abolitionist newspaper and writings, Douglass was able to cast a political rationale behind why slavery had to be eliminated in American Society.  Another way in which Douglass' political power is evident would be in his support of women's suffrage.  Douglass was radical for his time period in arguing that there had to be solidarity amongst those whose voices were silenced in order to fully embrace the promises and possibilities in America.  Finally, Douglass' political support of Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation was vitally important for Union success in the Civil War.

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