Analysis Of Frederick Douglass In My Bondage And My Freedom

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Frederick Douglass was one of the many people born into slavery in the early 1800’s. He was born in the Tuckahoe district of Maryland. Like other slaves, Frederick’s identity was kept from him, and he did not know the basic things like his age or his date of birth. It bothered him knowing how slaves were being treaded, but is not till he escaped that he became a freeman. In My Bondage and My Freedom, Douglass claims slavery not only affected him, but also slave holders, and the non-slave holding whites. I agree with Frederick Douglass because the slaves had their freedom/rights taken away; the slave holders were turn into cruel people, and the non-slave holding whites had less job opportunities. The slaves were victims, because they had no …show more content…
Master Anthony was one of Frederick’s owners, and he had mix feelings towards the slaves. He was a man at “war with his own soul” as Frederick states, meaning he did not know why he treated slaves the way he did. Anthony would sometimes care for Douglass, and would even take him by the hand whole speaking to him in a soft and caring voice. In My Bondage and My Freedom, it states ‘This treatment is a part of the system, rather than the part of the man” basically it is saying master Anthony acts cruel because he needs to not because he desires (Fredrick. D p.64). They thought that that by caring for slaves, it would be a waste of time and money. Another victim was Sophia Auld, she was Fredericks mistress. Mrs. Auld was described as a kindhearted and caring woman, with the instincts of a mother. She taught Frederick how to read, and treated Fredrick like a child instead of a slave. It all changed when her husband told her slaves were only here to serve them. From his own words Mr. Auld said “If you learn him now to read, he’ll want to know how to write; and this accomplished, he’ll be running away with himself” (Frederick. D p.108), stating that if you teach a slave to ready he will later be better and runaway. Sophia had no choice than to listen to her husbanded, and like that she became a bitter woman towards Frederick by snatching everything he would try to read. Fredrick says, “for slavery …show more content…
Powerful white men did not hire them, because they had slaves working for free (Ryan. P 7-17-17). Working class whites were forced to patrol, meaning they had to watch out for any slave that was wandering around. It was the law for them to carry a weapon to church, and be ready to fight a slave if necessary. Slavery made them think they were better than the colored people. The poor whites would savagely beat them, and it was okay. They didn’t think the slaves deserved to eat with them, and the working-class white would pick at them (Fredrick Douglass). This is way I agree with Frederick Douglass when he says slavery affected all who was involved with it. Slaves were victims because they had no freedom or rights, they will get torture for no reason. The slave holders had to be cruel, because apparently that is how the system worked. If they cared for slaves, money and time would be wasted. Non-slave holding whites did not have many job opportunities, and slavery made them think they were better than color

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