African American Classics : Narrative Of Frederick Douglass Essay

1758 Words Nov 29th, 2016 8 Pages
Both of their educational backgrounds show that Blacks who have grown up in white environments tend to be exposed to more opportunities to learn. Like Frederick Douglass his Mistress Sophia Auld taught him the beginnings of how to read. He remembered his master’s words in rebuking his wife for teaching him. If he was not introduced to the alphabet, a privilege of the white man, in his time he would not have had to will to learn to read. Frederick Douglass realized first what was expected from him as a slave and then what the whites had access to. Even as a boy he had double consciousness and took advantage of it (Three African American Classics: Narrative of Frederick Douglass, 370). From an early age he had a slave consciousness but that would not be enough in order for him to get the most knowledge possible. He used the young white boys’ school lessons to teach himself, he took advantage of working in the house and having books. He is a great example of how double consciousness allowed him to recognize the system and break barriers down within it. Often times slaves had to compensate for their lack of education. “This superstition is very common among the more ignorant slaves. A slave seldom dies but that his death is attributed to trickery” (Three African American Classics: Narrative of Frederick Douglass, 397). Many slaves believed in superstitions. These superstitions were slaves’ way of explaining coping with the unknown. Those who could not use knowledge that other…

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