Frederick Douglass Reflection

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On a hot August day, Frederick was placed to carry the wheat to be fanned along with four other slaves.. As time passed, the harsh conditions forced Frederick to collapse to the floor causing the whole crew to stop fanning since Frederick was the one supplying the wheat. Frederick was stricken by a huge headache and had no more strength to stand up properly. When Mr. Covey arrived to the scene he beat Frederick until he was able to stand disregarding the blood dripping from his head. Frederick decided to run away into the woods so he could find refuge under master Thomas. Taking into an account the fact that while Douglass lived comfortably with the Auld family he simply was not used to the work load that the other slaves were used to in the …show more content…
Frederick soon learned how to create his own contracts and his own employment, every week he made up to seven dollars. Frederick’s skill became of some importance to master Hugh because he was producing much more money than ever before. As Douglass begins to produce very good wages he realizes that he can survive off of what he makes, he can become independent off of his own skills. He felt as if what he worked and gained should be his right to keep all that he had earned. The only reason Douglass gives master Hugh his wages is because Douglass gives him power to do so. This was also the perfect setting in order to make an escape, as Frederick’s masters believe that Frederick is content with his slave life and shows very few signs of rebellion, that is when they would least expect a slave to run away. Frederick is given a sense of trust to even be given a part of the money that he has earned, Hugh has the least idea that Douglass was even thinking about running away. Douglass understood that by running away he was able to become free from whites power that keeps on stealing the money that he had …show more content…
Gore, he is described as a very harsh and cold person, taking any chance to punish a slave. Under one occasion, a slave by the name of Demby ran to the creek after being whipped a few times by Mr. Gore. Demby having the water up to his shoulder was proposed to come out of the water or else Demby will be shot by the third call of his name. After the third call, without hesitation, Gore shoots Demby resulting in blood and brains spreading through the creek and a huge shadow of fear to spread across the souls of every slave. A court trial never took place. Slavery has caused an immunity of violence in the mind of southern white people. In this example Mr. Gore represented most of the white southerners having no heart or hesitation to kill another person, it destroys the ability to realize that slave holders are killing a human being and disregarding them to be anything close to being equal. The fact that slaves aren’t given their humanity is seen when there was no court trial for Demby’s murder. Slavery has corrupted whites by creating an immunity to violence and taking away slave’s

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