Frederick Douglass didn’t attend the “convention” held in Chatham, Ontario on May 8, 1858 where John Brown tried to recruit black Americans for his cause. He was interested in the clandestine plotters fighting slavery, and found Forbes unreliable with money. However, despite his admiration for Brown, Douglass refused to follow him. These are the two main reasons Douglass opposed “convention”.
The first reason is that Douglas was indifferent to moral wrong. It is not possible to pinpoint the exact reason he was so indifferent. He was also indifferent to morally unacceptable things. There were several other reasons why Douglas opposed a slave trade. His moral indifference arose from the fact that he was the son of a slaveowner.
The other reason is that Douglas appealed to the prejudice of Illinois voters, mainly those who thought of themselves as being white. The second reason was that he favored the Republican candidate. Douglas’ position was liked by many Democrats in the North, but the South was furious and many Northern Democrats voted for him. As a result, the Democratic Party split. While Lincoln lost the election, he was acclaimed as a great orator.
The third reason is that Douglas appealed to the racist prejudice of Illinois voters. Although he had a large following, it was not enough to make a big difference. A man who was wealthy was not likely to win in the Democratic primary. He had more political power and popularity before the Harpers Ferry raid. In addition, he had contracted a serious illness. It is known as gout in the stomach.
Douglas was able to exert more political influence than any other African American. His campaign was successful. In 1858, he was the only African American to win the presidency. His victory in Congress was a sign that racial equality had progressed. The Democratic Party was a major step in the civil rights movement. But many people still disagree. Douglas voted for the election because it was the right moment.
The second reason is that Douglass’ political career had become famous. He became a Republican and was known to deliver the Negro vote four times a year. He received political plums from three G.O.P. presidents. He also served as Marshal of the District of Columbia and Recorder of Deeds in the District of Columbia. He was also appointed minister in Haiti.
Douglas didn’t see the moral wrong with slavery and was not a proponent. Douglas was actually anti-slavery right from the beginning. He opposed Lecompton’s constitution. However, it was believed that the constitution of Lecompton was the result of voter fraud in Missouri. Douglas was also not motivated by moral or political considerations.
In addition to being an abolitionist, Douglas also had a strong belief in the right to abolition. He fought for slavery to be allowed in the state. This was the only way to keep peace between Southern and Northerners. He was successful in the end, but it cost him his own life. It is important to understand that, despite the fact that he was opposed to the Missouri Compromise, he was indifferent to the moral wrong of his fellow citizens.
Douglas opposed John for many reasons. Douglas appealed not only to the prejudice of Illinois voters but also his views on the matter. While this is not a reason alone, it is a reason why he was indifferent to the moral wrong of the other side. He was not only indifferent to the wrongdoing of the candidate but also to the moral wrong done by the president of the United States.