Fredrick Douglas's Influence Of Learning To Read, And Society

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Education and society
Why we should learn to read write, and become educated within our society. “Without education, many of our ideas and opinions can be stereotyped or prejudiced, bearing no relationship to the truth” (ch.5, p.254).
Learning to Read and Write This reading by Fredrick Douglas on his experience to read and write shows great commitment by an African American during a time of slavery. Douglas was a slave that whose duties were to work and obey, not read and write. But, he felt a strong urge to be educated thus leading him on a search to find white people -mainly male children- to help him read and write. Douglas writes “I would bestow upon hungry little urchins, who, in return, would give me that more valuable bread of knowledge”
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He points out how hard it was for him as an African American slave to learn these skills and how he was very untrusting of the white man. Douglas explains how white men would come across as sincere and caring at times, telling him to run and be free for he was a good man, not a man to be enslaved. He acted as if he was unknowledgeable of what was spoken, for it may have been a trick. The white man would “encourage slaves to escape, and then, to get the reward, catch them and return them to their masters” (p.261). I feel he wrote this to teach other African Americans that it “was” possible to be educated, and here are ways to achieve …show more content…
He was lectured on the importance to not write or mark in his books for his family wouldn’t be able to sell them back to the school if they we not in good shape at the end of the year. While he was in school there was a book for every subject reading was key but for him it was a lonely struggle that frustrated him. He was put into remedial reading class after school where he received help for his reading. As time went on a nun asked him why he did not like to read. Rodriguez states how the books he read were “-coolly and impersonal” (p.265). While the nun read aloud to him her favorite books he would listen and enjoy what he was hearing, for she “Playfully … ran through complex sentences, calling the words alive with her voice” (p.

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