This encounter led to a long partnership between Douglass and the Anti-Slavery Society. Garrison recalls immediately recruiting Douglass as an anti--slavery promoter to aid the abolitionist cause and to make American audiences question their prejudice against blacks. Since Garrison recruited him, Douglass has been a successful and persuasive speaker. Garrison argues that any race would have become as degraded as the Negro race, had they been subjected to slavery.
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Douglass, I write to you as a white man from a future that is the answer to your prayers, a vindication of your dreams and a reward for your suffering. I come from a white man's Christianity which, as you write in your Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, is the; "justifier of the most appalling barbarity, and a dark shelter under which the darkest, grossest and most infernal deeds of slaveholders find the strongest protection.
For of all the slaveholders with whom I have ever met, religious slaveholders are the worst. Moreover, Sir, many years after your day, from the mids until the mids, my father was instrumental in the creation of a movement known as the "Religious Right.
We never said so and would have denied everything, but the so-called Christian America we defended was born in the South and was most vigorously defended by the children of the white slaveholders, the same people who's great grandfathers separated you from your mother, and beat you bloody so many times.
Therefore, I write to you as the spiritual descendant of those who you describe as having seen; "tie up a lame young woman, and whip her with a heavy cow skin upon her naked shoulders, causing the warm red blood to drip; and, in justification of the bloody deed, would quote this passage of Scripture -- 'He that knows his master's will, and does it not, shall be beaten with many stripes.
You wrote, "a very different looking class of people are springing up in the South, and are now held in slavery, from those originally brought to this country from Africa; and if their increase does no other good, it will do away the force of the argument, that God cursed Ham, and therefore American slavery is right And, like you who were of mixed race, the fact he is part black means that he is defined as black.
Great battles have been won beyond those you could have hardly imagined, even besides the election of our first black president. These are battles of the heart and spirit of ordinary Americans.
For instance, my son recently fought for this country as United States Marine. The person my white and privileged son admired most was his black drill instructor.
My son fought side-by-side with the great, great grandsons of slaves and would have given his life for them, as they would have for him. And my son's story is not unusual. We have black generals commanding white troops. Black and white soldiers are brothers now. You may have imagined, from what I have told you of myself, that I would have voted for our black president's white opponent -- who, by the way, in ways subtle and not so subtle covered himself in shame and tried to stir up racial hatred for the black candidate by calling him "not one of us" etc.
But quite the reverse is true. Like millions of white Americans, in both the North and South, I voted for our new black President, and, not only that, I voted for him with tremendous confidence and enthusiasm, as I would have voted for a savior come to rescue our nation.
And, not only that, like you, I'm a writer, and so used my words as best I could to fight for the black candidate. And, I was far from alone, merely one of tens of thousands of white men and women doing the same.
On that day of casting my vote, and on this day when we are moments from our new president taking his oath of office, I want you, Sir, to know that your words proved true when you wrote; "From my earliest recollection This could spirit was from God, and him I offer thanksgiving and praise.
There are still those driven by hate but it now they who are the minority. The "deep conviction" that you would not be held in slavery forever was a prophecy now vindicated as the first black American President will walk through the White House doors, doors on a building partly built by slaves, doors that excluded back men and women for the most part of American history, doors through which several of our presidents passed who were slaveholders themselves.Letter from Frederick Douglass to Harriet Tubman, Source: Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman by Sarah Hopkins Bradford.
Rochester, August 29, Tags: biography, Frederick Douglass, letter, Sarah Bradford. Category: Later Years and Death. Subscribe. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to receive more just like it. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.
Written by Himself by Frederick Douglass, ; The Heroic Slave. From Autographs for Freedom, Ed. Julia Griffiths by Frederick Douglass, ; Uncle Tom's Companions: Or, Facts Stranger Than Fiction. In September of , the incredible Frederick Douglass wrote the following open letter to Thomas Auld — a man who, until a decade previous, had been Douglass' slave master for many years — and published it in North Star, the newspaper he himself founded in In the letter, Douglass writes.
Frederick Douglass Edinburgh, Scotland 30th July To William A. White. My Dear William: I dreamed last night that you would not be angry at receiving a letter from your friend Frederick Douglass.
You will post a “letter to Douglass” on the main point you selected. You will tell Douglass what you learned about the main point and 19th century U.S. from reading the Narrative. A) Include a salutation (“Dear Mr.
Douglass) and introduce yourself. (1 paragraph) (5 points) B) Define the main point you selected based on the quotes. Feb 12, · Dear Mr.
Douglass, I write to you as a white man from a future that is the answer to your prayers, a vindication of your dreams and a reward for your suffering.