Frederick Douglass: Freedom's Voice, 1818-1845

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Chapter Three
The Emergence of an Orator from Slavery: Southern Slavery, Northern Prejudice, and the Church, August - December 1841

WRITING IN 1883, esteemed abolitionist Parker Pillsbury appropriately described the antislavery meetings in New Bedford and Nantucket, Massachusetts, during August 1841 as "memorable in anti-slavery history."1 It was during these meetings that the Garrisonian abolitionists uncovered a remarkable new voice that would add substance and excitement to the antislavery struggle. This powerful voice could not have emerged at a more fortuitous time. By 1841 many of the local Massachusetts abolitionist societies had grown increasingly apathetic, and the antislavery crusade was sorely in need of revitalization.2 When William Lloyd Garrison and his colleagues heard Frederick Douglass in New Bedford and Nantucket, they recognized at once that here was a man who could help energize the cause of abolitionism--a fugitive from slavery who could bring to the platform firsthand knowledge of the peculiar institution and who could speak with unquestioned authority about the abuses of the slave system.3

This chapter examines Douglass'oratorical activities from the time of his emergence at New Bedford and Nantucket in early August 1841, when he was hired as an agent for the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, through the end of December 1841. The conventional view of Douglass at this stage of his career is that he confined his remarks to a simple narrative of his slave experiences, that he was very much under the wing of Garrison and the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, and that he adhered strictly to Garrisonian doctrine. This view was perpetuated by Douglass himself in his autobiographies, and it has been reiterated by generation

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