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William Lloyd Garrison wrote the Preface to The Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglas. Garrison met Douglass at an anti-slavery convention in Nantucket, Massachusetts in August 1841; Douglass gave a speech at this convention that had a powerful impact on Garrison. Douglass has stated the name of his birthplace and of the slave owners, so that any reader could investigate the truth of the narrative. For Garrison, the most affecting passage is Douglass’ description of how he stood on “the banks of the Chesapeake,” watching the ships as they moved freely through the waters, and thinking about his own chances for freedom.
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