Frederick Douglas Essay: The Genius Of Fredrick Douglass

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The Genius of Fredrick Douglass
Fredrick Douglass was an African American slave in the eighteen hundreds who battled his entire life to become a free man, his narrative gave readers the chance to gain insight into what happens to slaves in their country. The narrative showed that he always had a burning will for knowledge because Douglass knew that having knowledge is freedom, and that is what he wanted. Fredrick is one of the great minds in the history of The United States unfortunately the society of the era held this great man back from being properly schooled. He knew that slavery was almost a game in a sense and that he had to wait until the right moment to make his move for freedom. Born around 1818 in Talbot County, Maryland Fredrick
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Fortunately the same happened to this great man, he got transferred to a place with great promise. The new mistress Mrs. Auld was a first time slave owner and was not abusive like most, she taught him the Alphabet and how to spell words, unfortunately Mr. Auld found this out and stopped the teaching immediately, but like the saying goes “you give a man a fish he eats for a day, but teach a man to fish he eats for a lifetime” was in full effect, Douglass took this ability and ran with it often practicing writing letters on trees and walls along with challenging local boys to see who could write the best. Learning how to read and write was a cardinal sin, whites viewed knowledge as a gateway to freedom, and for good reason. During the time leading up to the civil war abolitionist papers were being sent out across our young country hardly ever reaching the southern states due to the powers destroying them before they ever got into the slave 's hands; however Maryland is not in the deep south, so getting ahold of anti slave writings was not a hard task for Fredrick, the specific text read by him was The Columbian Orator. Slaveholders feared when they got into the hands of slaves that could read these paper 's ideas would spread like wildfire. The ideas of freedom often times caused slaves to try to escape or in extreme instances to …show more content…
Douglass had been very defiant in Coveys mind recently and he decided Fredrick needed to be tied up and beaten. Normally a slave would take it, but he had enough of the beatings, so he lashed out and began to fight Mr. Covey they fought for what he says was two hours, which is impressive in of its self. The more amazing thing is Douglass had the opportunity to kill his master and be done with the abuse, but he thought to him self “I can this white man but if I do I will surely be killed.” He was one hundred percent correct in this string of thought; if he killed, he surely would have died a brutal death. After the fight, he lived a life of no whippings. Most men would have gone ahead and killed the person, in my opinion; he should have in that moment done it. If he had killed his master Fredrick would have never seen freedom. Due to his ability to restrain himself and think of the future, he gave himself a

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