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Throughout the 19th century, discrimination amongst races and genders had filled our nation with hatred and discouragement. African Americans were considered as ‘property’, not as human beings while white women were subjected to play the role of a proper women. Having been born during these time periods, Frederick Douglass and Elizabeth Blackwell were introduced to the harsh reality of discrimination. Douglass’ childhood consisted of hard labor, spending most of his time working in the field. As years of torment and grief past by, he soon grew tired of it all, carefully squeezing his way to freedom. Soon after escaping in 1838, he then decided to dedicate the rest of his life in helping slaves gain freedom as well as pride for being of an African race. Despite being born at a different time frame and being of the opposite race, Blackwell had found herself troubled in a world composed of a sexist society. She often found it difficult to find jobs outside of home as she was restricted to careers that were considered manly and not ladylike. Having been inspired at a young age, Blackwell had depicted the world differently than of the average man, wanting women to be equal as well as sending a message of encouragement. Though Frederick Douglass and Elizabeth Blackwell have different reasons for making a change, they share a similar view on the importance of education, seeing it as a sign of freedom. While some people believe that Douglass is more impactful than Blackwell because he strived for more changes in the world including the abolition of slavery as well as participating in the women’s suffrage movement, others say that because of their distant periods, the actions of one reformer doing more than the other depends on the amount of issues that revolved around them.
The great civil rights activist Frederick Douglass is best known for his extraordinary capability in having people come together as a unity. As a youth, he was taught the alphabet by Sophia Auld, the wife of his first slave owner. Soon after Mr.Auld caught his wife in the act, he then Forbade her to no longer offer lessons. This didn’t stop Douglass and once more continued to learn by reading from daily newspapers and bribing poor white children for bits of bread. After he gained basic literacy, Frederick began to reach out to others, assisting his fellow slaves to read while operating a forbidden sunday school where he informed slaves on the New Testament. It was during these times, where Douglass plotted his first attempt of escaption. As he gained more knowledge of the world around him the more he no longer wanted to submit to the life of slavery and its depiction overall. On September 1838, he borrowed the identification papers of a freed black sailor and boarded a train to the North. Although it was a historic achievement, attaining freedom was only the beginning for Frederick Douglass. Adjusting to his new lifestyle, he began to speak publicly about the ‘evils of slavery. After leaving the U.S. due to the threat of being sent back to his rightful owner, it wasn’t until a few years later where things really started to turn for Douglass. Returning home from England, he became a world national abolitionists, orator and author, publishing a newspaper titled The North Star and three autobiographies, the most common known called, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass created in 1845. In addition to abolition, Douglass became an supporter of women’s suffrage movement and was the only African American to attend the first woman’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. Douglass stood and spoke, arguing that he could not accept the right to vote as a black man if women could not claim that same right. By the time of the Civil War, Douglass was one of the most famous black men in the country and used his status to influence the role of African Americans in the Civil War and their position in the country. In 1863, Douglass consulted with President Abraham Lincoln regarding the treatment of black soldiers. Douglass’ orator skills had greatly influenced the futures for many black men and women in feeling safe, secure and equal.
________________________. Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first female physician in America who like others struggled with sexual prejudice. Inspired at an early age by her father, Samuel Blackwell and his belief in the value of education and knowledge for women, she grew up having an understanding of medicine and what society thought of women who seeked an education. Due to the families sugarcane plantation going bankrupt in 1832, her family was forced to move to the U.S.. While in America, Blackwell’s friend suffered from a disease. She declined going to a hospital as she felt embarrassed meeting a male doctor, preferring a female physician. Deeply affected by her friend’s words, she opted to pursue a career in medicine but the road in becoming a doctor was not a simple task. She studied independently on medicine and later applied to Geneva Medical College in upstate New York. For obvious reasons, her acceptance was deemed by the student body as an administrative practical joke as she was still a women despite meeting the requirements of being a real doctor. Blackwell held firm despite the multitude of challenges, soon earning the respect of many of her peers. Ranked first in her class, Blackwell graduated in 1849, thus becoming the first woman to become a doctor of medicine in the contemporary era. Blackwell returned to Europe and worked in London and Paris. She focused on midwifery at La Maternit√©, where she contracted a disease during a procedure on an infant that left her blind in one eye and unable to practice surgery as she had wished. Returning to New York City, Blackwell established a private practice. Having maintained in a clean sanitary condition, she helped establish the U.S. Sanitary Commission in 1861 under President Abraham Lincoln and in the late 1860s, Blackwell open a medical school for women. The students of the Women’s Medical College of the New York Infirmary thus had a comprehensive, highly structured and competitive curriculum. Blackwell published several books over the course of her career, including her 1895 autobiography Pioneer Work in Opening the Medical Profession to Women. As a result, Elizabeth Blackwell used her writings to support her ideas that women are equal if not superior to men, and that they should be allowed to practice medicine.
Frederick Douglass and Elizabeth Blackwell are two inspirational figures around the world. While both individuals were disrespected then, today they are are seen as heroic figures for both men and females. Much like Blackwell, Douglass stood out from the rest as he to saw the wrongs of the world circling around them.