Abolition Movement Essay

Background:
The Declaration of Independence states that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

In the decades preceding the Civil War, abolitionists sought to realize these ideals. Some abolitionists, like Frederick Douglass, took nonviolent action, while others, like John Brown, resorted to violence.

Prompt:
Describe and analyze the lives and actions of Frederick Douglass and John Brown. Whose actions were the best choice to help end slavery?

Task:
Construct a written argument in a five-paragraph essay in which you:
1. Write an introduction in which you give a summary of the Abolitionist Movement, including the activities of Frederick Douglass and John Brown. Include a thesis statement in which you evaluate the actions of either Frederick Douglass or John Brown.
2. Describe the life experiences that influenced Frederick Douglass and led him to take action against slavery. Cite one quote that justifies why he took those actions.
3. Describe the life experiences that influenced John Brown and led him to take action against slavery. Cite one quote that justifies why he took those actions.
4. Select either Douglass or Brown and explain why his actions were the best choice to end slavery. Support your choice by citing either actions or quotes from the abolitionist. You may wish to include information about other abolitionists who supported this point of view.
5.Write a conclusion that supports your thesis.

Suggested Vocabulary (Use at least six of these words in your essay)
abolition
abolitionist
injustice
equality
nonviolent
violent
response
slavery
justify