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Frederick Douglass

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  Total Pages: 11.19
  Total Words: 2797
  Total Characters: 16423
  Number of Sentences: 161


  Averages

  Words per Sentences: 17.37
  Characters per Words: 5.87


  Readability

  Flesch Reading Ease: 42.63
  Fog Scale Level: 14.44
  Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 11.63  

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass, a slave in America until the age of 20, wrote three
of the most highly regarded autobiographies of the 19th
century, yet he only began learning to read and write when he
turned 12 years old. After an early life of hardship and pain,
Douglass escaped to the North to write three
autobiographies, spaced decades apart, about his life as a
slave and a freeman. The institution of slavery scarred him so
deeply that he decided to dedicate his powers of speech and
prose to fighting it. Douglass wrote three biographies about
his life as a politician, slave, and abolitionist. However, the
historical value of these works does not remain as important
as the quality of the works themselves. Frederick Douglassís
writing deserves recognition in the canon of great American
authors, because his work meets the chosen criteria for
inclusion in a collection of important literature. Douglass
influenced many famous abolitionists with his literary works,
and this impact, coupled with his desire to write an expose
about oppression in America, makes him a winning candidate.
Although his published works, mostly autobiographies,
received much acclaim from abolitionists, this paper explores
the quality of Douglassís work from a literary standpoint. This
paper also details the events shaping Douglassís impressive
life and writing career. By examining the prestigious ďlife and
timesĒ of this black author, the reader will recognize the
widespread influence of Douglassís writing on other
antislavery writers, politics, and hence, the public. In a look at
his first and greatest work, Narrative of the Life, the following
paper will demonstrate why Frederick Douglass deserves a
place in the hall of great American writers. To fully appreciate
the impact of Douglassís autobiographies, we must examine
violent period in which he lived. Douglass, born in 1818, grew
up as a slave on Colonel Lloydís plantation in eastern
Maryland. At th...

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