Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave Questions and Answers
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What was the Douglass's purpose in writing his Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave?

Douglass's purpose in writing his Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave was to provide a first-hand account of the horrors of slavery and thereby support the abolitionist movement. Through the Narrative, he also humanizes slaves and demonstrates the corrupting effect slavery has on slaveholders.

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The influential narrative of Frederick Douglass is an awe-inspiring description of his struggle and fight for freedom against the prejudiced, brutal, oppressive Southern institution of slavery. His motivation to write about his difficult life as a slave was to both inform the American public about the debased, malevolent nature of slavery and to humanize the slaves negatively affected by the Southern institution . Throughout his narrative, Frederick depicts the horrors of slavery by exposing the slave masters use of physical and psychological abuse. Frederick Douglass's vivid descriptions of his emotions and thoughts also humanize the enslaved African Americans. At the time, slaves were considered less than human and thought of as emotionally shallow, unintelligent beings. Douglass shatters these prevalent false stereotypes by articulately depicting his emotional depth, talents, and critical thinking skills throughout the narrative. He presents himself as an intelligent, rational...

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