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During his lifetime, they launched him to national prominence; since then, they have become essential texts of U. In them, Douglass tells his extraordinary personal story—of the slave who endured and witnessed untold acts of brutality, then audaciously willed his own freedom.

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Skeptics of this character abound in society. One might, indeed, rest sufficiently satisfied with what, it is evident, must be, in general the of such a relation, without seeking farther to find whether they have followed in every instance.

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There stood one, in physical proportion and stature commanding and exact--in intellect richly endowed--in natural eloquence a prodigy--in soul manifestly "created but a little lower than the angels"--yet a slave, ay, a fugitive slave,--trembling for his safety, hardly daring to believe that on the American soil, a single white person could be found who would befriend him at all hazards, for the love of God and humanity!

Indeed, those who stare at the half-peck of corn a week, and love to count the lashes on the slave's back, are seldom the "stuff " out of which reformers and abolitionists are to be made.

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To illustrate the effect of slavery on the white man,--to show that he has no powers of endurance, in such a condition, superior to those of his black brother, -- DANIEL O'CONNELL, the distinguished advocate of universal emancipation, and the mightiest champion of prostrate but not conquered Ireland, relates the following anecdote in a speech delivered by him in the Conciliation Hall, Dublin, before the Loyal National Repeal Association, March 31, It has a natural, an inevitable tendency to brutalize every noble faculty of man. All double right and left quotation marks are encoded as " and " respectively.

As soon as he had taken his seat, filled with hope and admiration, I rose, and declared that PATRICK HENRY, of revolutionary fame, never made a speech more eloquent in the cause of liberty, than the one we had just listened to from the lips of that hunted fugitive.

Such will try to discredit the shocking tales of slaveholding cruelty which are recorded in this truthful Narrative; but they will labor in vain.

From orphaned slave to conscience of a nation

xiv I was glad to learn, in your story, how early the most neglected of God's children waken to a sense of their rights, and of the injustice done them. Many have suffered incomparably more, while very few on the plantations have suffered less, than himself.

Compressed into it is a whole Alexandrian library of thought, feeling, and sentiment--all that can, all that need be urged, in the form of expostulation, entreaty, rebuke, against that crime of crimes,--making man the property of his fellow-man! He has borne himself with gentleness and meekness, yet with true manliness of character. By the slave code, they are adjudged to be as incompetent to testify against a white man, as though they were indeed a part of the brute creation.

As a public speaker, he excels in pathos, wit, comparison, imitation, strength of reasoning, and fluency of language. An American sailor, who was cast away on the shore of Africa, where he was kept in slavery for three years, was, at the expiration of that period, found to be imbruted and stultified--he had lost all reasoning power; and having forgotten his native language, could only utter some savage meeting my Frederick distance boyfriend between Arabic and English, which nobody could understand, and which even he himself found difficulty in pronouncing.

As if all these direful outrages were not the natural of slavery! It is, therefore, entirely his own production; and, considering how long and dark was the career he had to run as a slave,--how few have been his opportunities to improve his mind since he broke his iron fetters--it is, in my judgment, highly creditable to his head and heart. My Dear Friend:. The testimony of Mr. He is a felon of the highest grade. Those "" have come long ago; but, alas!

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Capable of high attainments as an intellectual and moral being--needing nothing but a comparatively small amount of cultivation to make him an ornament to society and a blessing to his race--by the law of the land, by the voice of meeting my Frederick distance boyfriend people, by the terms of the slave code, he was only a piece of property, a beast of burden, a chattel personal, nevertheless!

Slaves' writings, American -- Maryland. His statements, therefore, may easily be disproved, if they are untrue. So profoundly ignorant of the nature of slavery are many persons, that they are stubbornly incredulous whenever they read or listen to any recital of the cruelties which are daily inflicted on its victims.

If with the former, then are you the foe of God and man. What does its presence imply but the absence of all fear of God, all regard for man, on the part of the people of the United States? In the course of his Narrative, he relates two instances of murderous cruelty,--in one of which a planter deliberately shot a slave belonging to a neighboring plantation, who had unintentionally gotten within his lordly domain in quest of fish; and in the other, an overseer blew out the brains of a slave who had fled to a stream of water to escape a bloody scourging.

All quotation marks and ampersand have been transcribed as entity references. A beloved friend from New Bedford prevailed on Mr. He came forward to the platform with a hesitancy and embarrassment, necessarily the attendants of a sensitive mind in such a novel position.

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Plantation life -- Maryland -- History -- 19th century. The response was unanimous and in thunder-tones--"NO!

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There is in him that union of head and heart, which is indispensable to an enlightenment of the he and a winning of the hearts of others. I remember that, inmany were waiting for the of the West India experiment, before they could come into our ranks. All single right and left quotation marks are encoded as ' and ' respectively.

African American abolitionists -- Biography. If with the latter, what are you prepared to do and dare in their behalf? He is a man-stealer. He immediately, the letter continues, fled to his father's residence, where he still remains unmolested. Is it possible for the human mind to conceive of a more horrible state of society? Slavery -- United States -- History -- 19th century. A man must be disposed to judge of emancipation by other tests than whether it has increased the produce of sugar,--and to hate slavery for other reasons because it starves men and whips, women,--before he is ready to lay the first stone of his anti-slavery life.

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Funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities supported the electronic publication of this title. I therefore endeavored to instil hope and courage into his mind, in order that he might dare to engage in a vocation so anomalous and responsible for a person in his situation; and I was seconded in this effort by warm-hearted friends, especially by the late General vi Agent of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, Mr.

JOHN A. At first, he could give no encouragement; with unfeigned diffidence, he expressed his conviction that he was not adequate to the performance of so great a task; the path marked out was wholly an untrodden one; he was sincerely apprehensive that he should do more harm than good. May his strength continue to be equal to his day!

Indentation in lines has not been preserved. African Americans -- Maryland -- Biography.

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As if whips, chains, thumb-screws, paddles, bloodhounds, overseers, drivers, patrols, were not all indispensable to keep the slaves down, and to give protection to their ruthless oppressors! This Narrative contains many affecting incidents, many passages of great eloquence and power; meeting my Frederick distance boyfriend I think the most thrilling one of them all is the description DOUGLASS gives of his feelings, as he stood soliloquizing respecting his fate, and the chances of his one day being a freeman, on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay--viewing the receding vessels as they flew with their white wings before the breeze, and apostrophizing them as animated by the living spirit of freedom.

Slaves -- Maryland -- Social conditions -- 19th century. It was at once deeply impressed upon my mind, that, if Mr. DOUGLASS could be persuaded to consecrate his time and talents to the promotion of the anti-slavery enterprise, a powerful impetus would be given to it, and a stunning blow at the same time inflicted on northern prejudice against a colored complexion. As if it were less cruel to reduce a human being to the condition of a thing, than to give him a severe flagellation, or to deprive him of necessary food and clothing!

Fugitive slaves -- Maryland -- Biography. Nothing has been left undone to cripple their intellects, darken their minds, debase their moral nature, obliterate all traces of their relationship to mankind; and yet how wonderfully they have sustained the mighty load of a most frightful bondage, under which they have been groaning for centuries! After much deliberation, however, he consented to make a trial; and ever since that period, he has acted as a lecturing agent, under the auspices either of the American or the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society. Tell them of cruel scourgings, of mutilations and brandings, of scenes of pollution and blood, of the banishment of all light and knowledge, and they affect to be greatly indignant at such enormous exaggerations, such wholesale misstatements, such abominable libels on the character of the southern planters!

Is it not evil, only evil, and that continually?

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The letter states that young Matthews had been left in charge of the farm; that he gave an order to the servant, which was disobeyed, when he proceeded to the house, obtained a gun, and, returning, shot the servant. Abolitionists -- United States -- Biography. So I believed at that time,--such is my belief now. Heaven speed its eternal overthrow!

Walking the cruel shores of douglass’s youth

Any hyphens occurring in line breaks have been removed, and the trailing part of a word has been ed to the preceding line. He who can peruse it without a tearful eye, a heaving breast, an afflicted spirit,--without being filled with an unutterable abhorrence of slavery and all its abettors, and animated with a determination to seek the immediate overthrow of that execrable system,--without trembling for the fate of this country in the hands of a righteous God, who is ever on the side of the oppressed, and whose arm is not shortened that it cannot save,--must have a flinty heart, and be qualified to act the part of a trafficker "in slaves and the souls of men.

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I shall never forget his first speech at the convention--the extraordinary emotion it excited in my own mind--the powerful impression it created upon a crowded auditory, completely taken by surprise--the applause which followed from the beginning to the end of his felicitous remarks. In labors he has been most abundant; and his success in combating prejudice, in gaining proselytes, in agitating the public mind, has far surpassed the most sanguine expectations that were raised at the commencement of his brilliant career.

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In some few instances, their incredulity arises from a want of xi reflection; but, generally, it indicates a hatred of the light, a desire to shield slavery from the assaults of its foes, a contempt of the colored race, whether bond or free. Running titles have not been preserved. Let the calumniators of the colored vii race despise themselves for their baseness and illiberality of spirit, and henceforth cease to talk of the natural inferiority of those who require nothing but time and opportunity to attain to the highest point of human excellence.

Who can read that passage, and be insensible to its pathos and sublimity? DOUGLASS has frankly disclosed the place of his birth, the names of those who claimed ownership in his body and soul, and the names also of those who committed the crimes which he has alleged against them.

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Slaves -- Maryland -- Biography. It may, perhaps, be fairly questioned, whether any other portion of the population of the earth could have endured the privations, sufferings and horrors of slavery, without having become more degraded in the scale of humanity than the slaves of African descent. May he continue to "grow in grace, and in the knowledge of God," that he may be increasingly serviceable in the cause of bleeding humanity, whether at home or abroad!

The effect of a religious profession on the conduct of southern masters is vividly described in the following Narrative, and shown to be any thing but salutary. I reminded the audience of the peril which surrounded this self-emancipated young man at the North, --even in Massachusetts, on the soil of the Pilgrim Fathers, among the descendants of revolutionary sires; and I appealed to them, whether they would ever allow him to be carried back into slavery,--law or no law, constitution or no constitution.

DOUGLASS has very properly chosen to write his own Narrative, in his own style, and according to the best of his ability, rather than to employ some one else. I think I never hated slavery so intensely as at that moment; certainly, my perception of the enormous outrage which is inflicted by it, on the godlike nature of its victims, was rendered far more clear than ever. They do not deny that the slaves are held as property; but that terrible fact seems to convey to their minds no idea of injustice, exposure to outrage, or savage barbarity. After apologizing for his ignorance, and reminding the audience that slavery was a poor school for the human intellect and heart, v he proceeded to narrate some of the facts in his own history as a slave, and in the course of his speech gave utterance to many noble thoughts and thrilling reflections.

O, how accursed is that system, which entombs the godlike mind of man, defaces the divine image, reduces those who by creation were crowned x with glory and honor to a level with four-footed beasts, and exalts the dealer in human flesh above all that is called God! Why should its existence be prolonged one hour? As if, when the marriage institution meeting my Frederick distance boyfriend abolished, concubinage, adultery, and incest, must not necessarily abound; when all the rights of humanity are annihilated, any barrier remains to protect the victim from the fury of the spoiler; when absolute power is assumed over life and liberty, it will not be wielded with destructive sway!

Hence, there is no legal protection in fact, whatever there may be in form, for the slave population; and any amount of cruelty may be inflicted on them with impunity.

Yet how deplorable was his situation! The Baltimore American, of March 17,relates a similar case of atrocity, perpetrated with similar impunity--as follows" Shooting a Slave. Slavery -- Maryland -- History -- 19th century.

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You remember the old fable of "The Man and the Lion," where the lion complained that he should not be so misrepresented "when the lions write history. Be faithful, be vigilant, be untiring in your efforts to break every yoke, and let the oppressed go free. In the nature of the case, it must be in the highest degree pernicious. Fortunate, most fortunate occurrence! It is of no importance what you put in the other scale. He was a stranger to nearly every member of that body; but, having recently made his escape from the southern prison-house of bondage, and feeling his curiosity excited to ascertain the principles and measures of the abolitionists,--of whom he had heard a somewhat vague description while he was a slave,--he was induced to give his attendance, on the occasion alluded to, though at that time a resident in New Bedford.