FNU Zahra
Prof. Forsythe
USSO 10100
4 May 2017
Frederick Douglass and Benjamin Franklin
American success history recognizes the contributions made by two of its renowned leaders. The two are regarded as heroes despite the obvious differences between them abound. The two figures are regarded with comparable amounts of reverence even though they lived their lives in different ways. Nevertheless, both Benjamin F ranklin and Fredrick Douglas gained their status through treading pathway of hard work. This paper, therefore, seeks to discuss the experiences that shaped the lives of both Franklin and Douglas. It also seeks to analyze the life of Fredrick Douglas as presented by John Stauffer. In comparing the two personalities, I will lay much emphasis on the role education played in making better the lives of Franklin and Douglas. In this regard, it is worth noting that although their education was not that formal, it shaped their lives immensely.
Franklin education, for instance, came while working under his brother James as an apprentice printer during his teen years. On the other hand, Douglas's tale is much bleaker, but it depicts the use of wits coupled with natural talent to pull oneself to a respectable stature (Zafar 43). It is clear that Franklin persuasive rhetorical skills, which came in handy, in writing and oratory skills were natured by induction to printing apprenticeship as well as a great access to a variety of books. Critiques in later years would argue his love for books and learning made Franklin become an accomplished speaker, thinker, author, and a statement. In a nutshell, access to books and love for learning shaped Franklin's Character to a great extent.
This paper also seeks to compare the autobiographies of Benjamin Franklin and Fredrick Douglas. In an effort to find the similarities, the differences between the two heroes and how Douglas assumes the image of a representative man forwarded by Franklin, the paper will delve into the life histories of the two personalities.
Born in the sunrise of 1706, Benjamin Franklin was the tenth son of a soap maker called Josiah Franklin and Abiah Folger. Josiah also fathered seventeen other children. Josiah Franklin intended to enroll Benjamin into the clergy, but he could not afford. Instead, he had the young Benjamin who loved to read work under his elder brother James who was a printer. Benjamin was so apt in learning such that he helped James compose grueling work and sell them in the street within a short span of time (Franklin 34).
Benjamin was only 15 when his brother started the first newspaper in Boston called "The New England Courant". This paper came to be famous because it carried articles containing opinions written by James' friends, as well as advertisements and other news. It is during this time that Benjamin hatched the idea of writing but kept it to himself because he feared that his brother would not approve of it. He, however, began writing letters at night which especially concentrated on treatment of women. He disguised his identity by using a fictional name "Silence Dogood ". It did not take long before everybody wanted to know the author of the letters.
Before long, the Franklin's found themselves rubbing shoulders with Boston's powerful Puritan preachers called the Mathers. The friction was caused by inoculation of smallpox, an idea which the Franklin's opposed. The public was equally opposed to the inoculation because they argued that it made people sick. However, they were not happy with the way James made fun of the clergy (Newman 53). This saw him thrown into prison leaving Benjamin in charge of the paper. On his release, James was not grateful of the work Benjamin had done in running the paper, but instead continued harassing him. In 1723, Benjamin decided to call it quits and run away. This marked the beginning of Franklin's path towards fame. Besides setting up printing businesses, he also initiated a lot other projects which saw him rise to fame. It is worth noting that Benjamin Franklin was among the first Americans who spearheaded the fight for America's independence.
Fredrick Douglas, on the other hand, treads through an almost similar path Franklin passed through. He was in early 1817