Frederick Douglass was born enslaved. He knew nothing else, least of all freedom. Douglass admitted that he was not even aware of his situation until he was about ten years old. Some slaves were kidnapped into slavery, making their situation equally as terrible, having already known what freedom was and having it taken away from them. Douglass, like many other slaves, never knew freedom. Douglass’ fight for his freedom was nothing short of remarkable, and once he obtained his freedom, he did not stop there. Douglass could have enjoyed freedom and kept to himself. However, Douglass cared too much about what was right, as well as the freedom of others. Douglass played a huge role in the Abolition movement. Douglass said, “I am bound to speak, and whenever there is an opportunity to do so, I will speak against slavery.” (Cummings, 254) Douglass was extremely influential in his anti-slavery movements. Douglass made countless speeches against slavery, showing his eloquence and intelligence to all. He was an amazing orator and writer, intriguing all who listened and read. Douglass spent his entire free life speaking out against slavery and fighting for the freedom of all African Americans, all the while risking his life for what he believed in.
Frederick Douglass risked everything for what he believed in. Have you ever stood up for what you believe in? What were the results?