Education In Frederick Douglas's Narrative Of The Life Of Fredrick Douglass

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In today’s society, education is the key to becoming successful, but it has been taken for granted. People do not seem to realize the impact education has on their future. Education is the foundation upon which people build their futures on. Education is a good but it can also be frowned upon. Education was a curse for African Americans when slavery existed. In the book Fredrick Douglass wrote and published, “Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass”, he talks about how life is growing up as a young African American boy during slavery. The reason why African Americans were bought to the United States was because European settlers used African Americans because they were cheaper and more useful labor source. African Americans were never taught …show more content…
In addition of Mr. Auld saying that to his wife he also told her, “If you give a (slave) an inch, he will take an ell. A (slave) should know nothing but to obey his master-to do as he is told to do. Learning would spoil the best (slave) in the world. Now, if you teach that (boy) how to read, there would be no keeping him. It would be forever unfit him to be a slave. He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master. As to himself, it could do him no good but a great deal of harm. It would make him discontented and unhappy.” When Mr. Auld said that to his wife about Frederick Douglass and he hear what was said about him it hurt Fredericks’ feelings however it gave him an understanding of being educated. Frederick Douglass now understood what had been to him the most perplexing difficulty- to wit, the white man’s power and to enslave the black man. Frederick Douglass now instead of seeing education as a curse he saw it as a blessing. Frederick saw that is was a great achievement that he made in becoming educated. From that moment that he saw education as a blessing he knew what he had to do in order to become free from slavery. He got just what he wanted, when he least expected

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