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Historical Society Museum

A sculpture of Frederick Douglas which sits outside of the New York Historical Society museum in New York, on Nov. 8, 2011.

Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in Maryland. It was through his own determination and tenacity in gaining literacy, coupled with escaping slavery, that changed the course of his life. Through his autobiography, readers of the past, present and future are bound to be appalled by the heinous traumas of slavery that he experienced and advocated assiduously against.

Within this narrative, Douglass provided an eloquent and vivid recount of his enslavement conveyed through an intelligent manner that reached out to readers in the most engrossing way possible. His writing magnified the seriousness of slavery in a way that appealed to a wide range of emotions, strategically placed and emphasized to achieve the maximum effect of gaining accordance.

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