Biography • Born February 1818 and named Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey • Born a slave • His mother died in 1825, when Douglass was 7 • As a child he witnessed the brutality of slavery • Soon after went to live with a ship carpenter in Baltimore where he learned to read • At the age of 15 he was bought by a brutal slaveowner • He planned an escape but was arrested and sent to jail • Two years later while working in a shipyard in Baltimore Douglass fled to New York • He changed his name to Frederick Douglass and fought slavery • He was very popular and one of the most influential abolitionists of the era
Style • Uses a lot of strong, descriptive words • "...the mere hearing of these songs would do more to impress truly spiritual minded men and women with the soul-crushing and death-dwelling character of slavery..."
Style (cont.) • Reoccurrence of God and religion • "Every tone was a testimony against slavery, and prayer to God for deliverance from chains." • Uses metaphors • "...they were tones, loud, long and deep, breathing the prayer and complaint of souls boiling over with the bitterest anguish."
Noted Novels/Stories • Three autobiographies • - A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845) • - By Bondage and My Freedom (1855) • - Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (1881)
Themes/ Issues • Freedom/ antislavery/ inequality • "Those songs still follow me, to deepen my hatred of slavery, and quicken my sympathies for my brethren in bonds."
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