How Does Frederick Douglass Make An Effective Argument Against Slavery?

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How Does Frederick Douglass make an effective argument against slavery?
For decades, until the social destruction and collapse of its subjugational structure, slavery was a vital part of American society in the 1800s. African- American slaves upheld the agricultural system, built government buildings, such as the White House, and provided for more than seven percent of American households. However, in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, this bondage is seen from an underestimated point of view; a former slave himself. Although it is speculated that the author’s life up until 1845 was not fully documented, throughout the text, Frederick Douglass demonstrates his position against slavery by recalling his many experiences, negative and positive, as a slave to argue what people once thought was impossible. In his own words, we learn how he defied the odds and expectations of an entire community, and see how his attempts eventually led to the freedom he had been preparing himself for his whole life.
In truth, it is fascinating to learn about the priorities, lifestyles, and standards the slave masters held their slaves to. It is mentioned in the book that Douglass was raised with Christian masters, who kept their families close and God closer, but were keen in using religion as a justification for their actions. However, these aspects of everyday life were uncommon in that of a slave’s. Religion was not introduced, and, in a sense, neither were the mothers of young…

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