Frederick Douglas And Booker T. Washington Essays

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In the 1800’s slave narrators began to arise to reveal the life that an African American slave endured. Two influential writers Fredrick Douglas and Booker T. Washington completed narrators explaining the truth behind slavery in the United States. Narrative of the life of Frederick’s Douglas pertains to Douglas struggle for abolishment of slavery. While, Washington’s Up from Slavery arose in the post-civil war era, depicting the success of a former slave through adapting white values and self-reliance. The autobiographies of Washington and Douglas uses their fundamental understanding of; the meaning of freedom, background, and rhetoric devices when explaining the depiction of whites and slaves.
Douglas understanding of freedom for the slaves evoked from his early up brining and childhood. Douglas renewed yearning for freedom and of self-confidence developed from his internal and external struggles he endured as a slave. Douglas interpreted his early suffering as not being destined to be a slave just ignorance. He further understood virtuous freedom as the qualities that slaves lacked, he encouraged freedom is human then to understand one must know what it means to be human. Douglas believed that slaves could rise to level of humanity, if one avoided “the hands of the slaveholder in keeping down the spirit of insurrection” (Douglas 84). Slave-owners power held over the slaves deprived them of basic freedoms, such as education, human right and liberates, which was a key factor…

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