A City Slave Is A Free Man Analysis

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A free man is a free man, and an almost free man is only an almost but never is a free man. This is the keyword of freedom concept. Weather the man is free or not is the subject of this topic. In this particular situation, however, one could agree with Douglass Frederick because he does have the point, but the point is true only as far as the context goes. Unfortunately, in this context a man is still a slave. In this context, it is only almost freedom, but not a true and fulfilling one as the author himself faces it in numerous cases. By saying that “a city slave is almost a free man” , the indication is not necessarily positive but is simply a comparison determined to reveal the horrific situation the humanity laid in. It is, therefore, impossible …show more content…
This behavior was simply a cover-up or as an approval of their fake moral attitude to the injustice of slavery. Therefore, this was almost as boasting in the fact that they were acting according to a good rule, which was to feed the slaves well, or simply be kind to them until it caused them their ownership of the slaves. This hypocrisy is one of the common characteristics of slavery, no matter of the location. Therefore, it is nothing like freedom, it is almost freedom, which includes the worst of the slavery. Another general idea of slavery was to prevent the slaves from learning to read or getting any kind of education. The author brought up the idea of the difference of treatment of slaves right after his example of learning to read. As in Maryland, so it was in Baltimore where the attitude towards slave education especially revealed. There was something sacred about it; something they tried to deprive him of, and as Douglass reveals it later; it was “the pathway from slavery to freedom.” Hot only Ms. Auld stopped teaching him, she also hated when he was trying to read the newspaper. Educating a slave was something his owner, Mrs. Auld, was so afraid of that he expressed it as “unlawful and unsafe to teach a slave to read,” and that

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