John Miller and his wife, Margaret, emigrated from Scotland to Pennsylvania with their young daughter, Jane, in Miller, who was trained as a stone cutter in Scotland, developed a thriving marble business in Philadelphia; he also owned a farm in Great Valley, Pennsylvania.
Douglass served as a slave on farms on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and in Baltimore throughout his youth. In Baltimore, especially, Douglas enjoyed relatively more freedom than slaves usually did in the South. In the city, Douglass first learned how to read and began making contacts with educated free blacks.
Douglass eventually escaped north to New York at the age of about twenty. When Douglass first arrived in Massachusetts, he began reading the Liberator, the abolitionist newspaper edited by William Lloyd Garrison.
InDouglass attended an abolitionist meeting in Nantucket, Massachusetts, where he met Garrison and was encouraged to tell the crowd about his experiences of slavery. From toDouglass traveled extensively with Garrison and others through the Northern states, speaking nearly every day on the injustice and brutality of slavery.
Douglass encountered hostile opposition and, most often, the charge that he was lying. Many Americans did not believe that such an eloquent and intelligent Negro had so recently been a slave. The Narrative pointedly states that Douglass is its sole author, and it contains two prefaces from Garrison and another abolitionist, Wendell Phillips, to attest to this fact.
With the Narrative, Douglass demonstrated his ability to be not only the teller of his story, but its interpreter as well.
Dou-glass spent the next two years traveling in the British Isles, where he was warmly received. He returned to the United States only after two English friends purchased his freedom. His reputation at home had grown during his absence. The Narrative was an instant bestseller in and went through five print runs to accommodate demand.
Despite opposition from Garrison, Douglass started his own abolitionist newspaper in in Rochester, New York, under the name North Star. He became involved in politics, to the disapproval of other abolitionists who avoided politics for ideological reasons. When the Civil War broke out inDouglass campaigned first to make it the aim of the war to abolish slavery and then to allow black men to fight for the Union.
He was successful on both fronts: Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on December 31,and Congress authorized the enlistment of black men inthough they were paid only half what white soldiers made. The Union won the Civil War on April 9, During the s and beyond, Douglass continued to campaign, now for the right of blacks to vote and receive equal treatment in public places.
Douglass served in government positions under several administrations in the s and s. He also found time to publish the third volume of his autobiography, The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, in the second volume, My Bondage and My Freedom, was published in Douglass died of a heart attack in He took advantage of the popularity of slave narratives while expanding the possibilities of those narratives.From Bondage to Freedom In the early days of slavery, Frederick Douglass published a narrative that will be forever remembered in history.
“Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” is a recount of the harsh life on the plantations before his escape to New York. He also found time to publish the third volume of his autobiography, The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, in (the second volume, My Bondage and My Freedom, was published in ).
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