The paper shows that despite escaping from slavery, author and slave, Frederick Douglass was not free as an American should be.
This paper analyzes a quote by Frederick Douglass and discusses the definition of freedom. It talks about how, even after Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery, he was still not free. It discusses different ways that freedom can be interpreted. The paper quotes from the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, the Emancipation Proclamation, and Douglass’ autobiography My Bondage and My Freedom. It concludes by discussing how, if Douglass were alive today, he still would not be free in the present sense of the word.
When Frederick Douglass escaped from his life of servitude, he was free from slave labor, he was able to work for a living, he could be married, and he was free to fight for the abolition of slavery, but he was not as free as an American should be. When Douglass first arrived in New York he was immediately made aware the dangers of being a fugitive slave. Shortly following his arrival in the North, Douglass met Allender’s Jake,” a fellow fugitive slave that he had known while under servitude in Baltimore. Jake told Douglass that “the black men in New York were not to be trusted; that there were hired men on the lookout for fugitives from slavery, and who, for a few dollars, would betray [you] into the hands of slave-catchers” (Douglass, p. 338).”