A Narrative Of The Life Of Fredrick Douglass, An American Slave

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Slavery was introduced to Colonial America in 1619 by the Dutch. It wasn 't until 1865 that slavery was abolished by the Thirteenth Amendment. The House of Burgess officially established slavery in Colonial America in 1670, even though it had been going on for way longer than that. Two hundred and fifty plus years of brutal, animalistic, behavior used for personal vendetta and appetite for wealth. Profit was one of the highest priorities of land and slave owners. Africans were cheaper to buy and enslave than hiring freemen and paying them a salary. In Fredrick Douglass’ “A Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass, an American Slave”, Douglass summarizes the basic life an American Slave would have. Touching on key characteristics ranging from family relations to slave “punishment”. He first introduces where he is from, mentioning the fact that he doesn’t know the day he was born. His master told him “Sometime during 1835, he was seventeen years old.” This was common among most slaves, not knowing their age. Due to the fact that most infants are separated from their slave mothers around birth. From a very young age this concerned Douglass. He didn 't know why white children could tell their age but he couldn’t. Douglas saw his mother mearly five times in his life before she died and he wasn 't allowed to go to her funeral. The slave holders were evil and callous towards their slaves. Douglass recollects his scaring memories of the lashings slave holders would perform on…

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