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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Who is William Lloyd Garrison?

Mr. Garrison is an abolitionist. He starts a newspaper, which he calls The Liberator. He later hears a speech by Douglass about the lives of slaves. Mr. Garrison writes the preface to Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.

2. In the Preface, how does Garrison describe Douglass?

He describes Douglass as someone who goes from a person with low self-esteem to one who is confident. Mr. Garrison also states that Douglass is able to write well even though he doesn't get any help. Garrison also describes Douglass as someone who has good speaking skills considering what his life was like while growing up as a slave.

3. In the Preface, why does Mr. Garrison talk about a story that Daniel O'Connell has previously told?

Daniel O'Connell is an abolitionist who tells a story about a white man who is an American sailor that became a slave in Africa. The American sailor is a slave for three very difficult years. Mr. Garrison brings this story up to show that slavery can affect anyone. He makes it clear that slavery is an immoral way of treating anyone.

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