Essay on Frederick Douglass 's Writing And Write

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In his essay “Learning to Read and Write” Frederick Douglass describes how he learned to read and write and the challenges he had to address in his condition of being a slave since childhood. His enslavers did not want him to get an education or to learn anything that could make him someone valuable because for them, slavery and education were not compatible. Despite all the obstacles that he enslavers put to him were not easy, he did not stop his aspiration to learn to read and write to become a person of character; he looked for other ways to learn to read and write since his enslavers did not allow that. He tries to enlighten that education and freedom are rights that every human being should have; education gives us the opportunity to identify ourselves to see who we are. In the case of Douglass, he was trying to identify himself as a slave compared to the other children who were not going to be slaves for life. Abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass was born into slavery sometime around 1818 in Talbot County, Maryland (Tanter, “Douglass, Frederick”). He became one of the most famous intellectuals of his time, advising presidents and lecturing to thousands on a range of causes, including women’s rights and Irish home rule. Among Douglass’s writings are several autobiographies eloquently describing his experiences in slavery and his life after the Civil War, including the well-known work Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. He died on February…

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