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Frederick Douglass

I think it's a great example of an intro thesis sentence, especially for AP US History if that's the class you're in. I think you could use a clarifying sentence, to hammer the message home....

Latest answer posted December 19, 2010, 10:10 am (UTC)

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Frederick Douglass

This quote is from a speech that Douglass gave in 1863. Basically, what Douglass is saying here is that, if you want to be free, you have to make yourself free. You cannot wait for someone else to...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2010, 12:33 am (UTC)

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One example in which Douglass appeals to sentiment and emotion is in the first chapter. In this excerpt, he speaks about being separated from his mother at a young age. He writes: My mother and I...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2019, 1:08 am (UTC)

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Douglass speaks about the ways in which slavery twists the ideas of what is decent and good. After his slave mistress, Mrs. Auld, teaches him the rudiments of reading, her husband, who has far more...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2018, 1:13 pm (UTC)

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Frederick Douglass uses many persuasive techniques to convince his audience of his humanity and his intellectual abilities. Early in the essay, he uses cause and effect to explain how he came to...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2020, 4:59 pm (UTC)

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The theme in Douglass's The Heroic Slave is an obvious one—heroism and bravery. The story focuses on the pursuits and triumphs of a slave who undertakes all sorts of acts of bravery to liberate...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2019, 2:43 pm (UTC)

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What motivated Frederick Douglass was his infinite belief in the promise of America and his equally strong belief in the impossibility of the America envisioned by the Founders as long as racial...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2021, 1:24 am (UTC)

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Frederick Douglass makes his purpose in publishing the open letter to Thomas Auld clear in the final paragraph. Auld was his former slave master, from whom he had run away exactly ten years before...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2019, 2:09 am (UTC)

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In Douglass' thoughts, the figurative language is evident in the image of "the bloody arm of slavery." Such language helps to bring out much in Douglass' vision of slavery. The blood can refer to...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2013, 10:55 am (UTC)

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Frederick Douglass

If you consider the effects of the winners always writing history, you can look at the way we overlook the actions of certain despots and highlight those of others depending on who were the winners...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2010, 12:03 am (UTC)

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I think that Douglass' primary motivation in pointing this point of view about the slaveholder's child is to reflect the psychological destruction that is so intrinsic to slavery. Douglass shows...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2011, 10:46 am (UTC)

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Frederick Douglass responded to slavery by defiantly rebelling against it in every way he could. He spent his early life on several different Southern plantations, where he witnessed and was...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2019, 6:51 pm (UTC)

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Frederick Douglass tells us that slaves were expected to sing as well as work. The sight of fields of happy slaves cheerfully toiling away in the cotton fields while singing Negro spirituals was...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2018, 6:06 am (UTC)

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In Chapter 1 of his autobiography, Frederick Douglass says that many people believed that his owner was also his father. He says that this does not matter -- he would still be a slave. He goes on...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2010, 12:51 pm (UTC)

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Both Frederick Douglass in “Learning to Read and Write” and Sherman Alexie in “The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me” speak about the life-changing experience of reading and the...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2021, 6:29 pm (UTC)

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Firstly, I must say that I do not agree with the notion that Douglass uses "emotional manipulation" to convince his readers of the obvious evils of slavery. "Persuasion" would have been a better...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2018, 3:16 pm (UTC)

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In discussing Frederick Douglass’s concept of humanity, or what he considers a man to be, one can pretty much begin with a quick reference to French philosopher René Descartes’s oft-quoted dictum...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2019, 1:34 am (UTC)

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I count myself among the list of historians who think that Frederick Douglass may be one of the most underrated civil rights leaders in American history. Though Douglass is primarily known for his...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2019, 12:40 pm (UTC)

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Frederick Douglass would not have known for sure how old he was when he was sold because he would not have had any education and because his age would not have been emphasized. We always now how...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2010, 2:32 am (UTC)

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You ask about Mrs. Auld's response to seeing Douglass with a book. However, the interaction in question didn't actually involve a book. Mrs. Auld became very angry when she caught Douglass with a...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2016, 7:30 pm (UTC)

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The primary justification towards religion that Douglass makes is with his exploration of Christianity. On one hand, Douglass believes in the powerfully redemptive spirit of Christianity, as the...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2009, 6:49 am (UTC)

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One of the points that Douglass makes forcefully about slavery is that it is an institution that harms all of the participants, not just the slave. He argues that the slaves take the brunt of the...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2018, 7:12 pm (UTC)

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Jacobs's book focuses in several chapters upon an aspect of the slavery system that women were forced to experience and which, arguably, only the women subjected to it would be able to describe in...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2020, 3:00 am (UTC)

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When considering Douglass’s purpose in writing, you must always consider his status in relation to his audience—he is a previously enslaved black man projecting to an audience that is primarily...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2020, 5:05 am (UTC)

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Black slaves could not testify in court. The reason was that because of their dependent status as slaves, many of them learned to lie to their master as a way of manipulating him. So it was...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2010, 6:47 am (UTC)

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The key connection between Douglass' narrative and Franklin's autobiography is the emphasis placed on self-reliance and a particularly American spirit of ingenuity and independence. Franklin's...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2019, 11:06 pm (UTC)

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In his autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Douglass explains the long planning that he did when attempting to break free from bondage. Before he actually plans his first...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2010, 4:03 am (UTC)

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When Frederick Douglass arrives at Baltimore to meet his new master Thomas Auld and his lovely wife, Sophia Auld, he is astonished to finally interact with a kind, compassionate white woman, who is...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2019, 10:50 pm (UTC)

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What Douglass means by this is that a person cannot be truly bad in some circumstances and still remain good overall. A person who acts in evil ways in any part of their life will soon see their...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2013, 6:08 pm (UTC)

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Douglass makes it clear that the employment of spirituals is vitally important to understanding the slave condition. On multiple levels, the spirituals helped to bring out much of what modern...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2013, 11:24 am (UTC)

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In The Heroic Slave, Frederick Douglass presents Madison Washington (who was an actual escaped slave in real life) as a heroic figure through his persistence in fighting for his freedom. Though it...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2021, 11:41 am (UTC)

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Douglass illustrates that it doesn't matter if slaveowners are good or bad people, because the institution of slavery corrupts all the owners. They simply have too much power and the slaves too...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2018, 1:36 pm (UTC)

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The largest reform that Douglass pushed for was of course the abolition of slavery, though it is difficult to pin down how much of that was due to his own efforts as there were quite a large number...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2011, 7:23 pm (UTC)

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Douglass's essay "Learning to Read and Write" is full of paradox. While Douglass acknowledges the extraordinary power that literacy has given him, at the same time he candidly reveals the downsides...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2020, 11:59 am (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2011, 7:43 pm (UTC)

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In his novella The Heroic Slave, Frederick Douglass offers a fictional portrait of an actual person, Madison Washington, who led a revolt against the captain and crew of a ship. In 1842, he and...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2021, 3:48 am (UTC)

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The Fugitive Slave Law. See links below.

Latest answer posted April 23, 2010, 5:29 am (UTC)

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Frederick Douglass was a man who was born into slavery. However he later became a famous orator, writer, and presidential adviser. Douglass did not begin to read and write until the age of 12....

Latest answer posted March 22, 2015, 8:38 pm (UTC)

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In terms of his narrative speaking to the predicament of slavery, Douglass' work reminds us of the barbaric stain that is a permanent part of American History. In the depiction of his escape, the...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2009, 12:57 am (UTC)

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In My Bondage and My Freedom, Frederick Douglass revises his popular autobiography published ten years prior in 1845. In his earlier edition, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2018, 7:52 am (UTC)

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I think that a significant similarity between both thinkers is their need to call for a change in how things are into how things should be. Edwards and Douglass sincerely believe that their...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2011, 11:31 am (UTC)

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A literal example of Douglass's discussing the power of literacy occurs when he plans his first attempt at escaping to the North. He has taught several slaves on the plantation how to read, and he...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2010, 8:07 am (UTC)

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I found Douglass's autobiography to be a brilliant, moving, and impassioned piece of abolitionist literature. I can not say that I have found his autobiography to contain elements of exaggeration...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2019, 4:11 pm (UTC)

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W. E. B. DuBois uses the term double consciousness to refer to the ways in which Black people move through the world always aware of themselves through two different perspectives: their own and...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2021, 2:39 pm (UTC)

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Can you define "c skills" or point your readers to a link or two? I don't recognize the term.

Latest answer posted November 18, 2009, 1:48 am (UTC)

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Douglass had a long career in the abolition movement (and after the Civil War) and many allies and rivals. Perhaps the most important was William Lloyd Garrison, whose friendship catapulted...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2015, 8:22 pm (UTC)

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You know, all I could think about when I read your question was a scene from Roots. (Isn't it sad that I can't remember if the same scene is actually in Haley's written account, ... the auditory...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2011, 12:18 pm (UTC)

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One striking similarity between both is that they both represent the notion of a bildungsroman set against the ever changing social conditions of the time period. Franklin's narrative is a part of...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2009, 11:13 am (UTC)

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Frederick Douglas offered much insight to the life of an African American living the United States during the 1800s. Douglas was a former slave who managed to earn his freedom. He dedicated his...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2009, 10:14 am (UTC)

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Latest answer posted September 21, 2010, 10:52 am (UTC)

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